The Warriors will continue their season-long road trip on Sunday when they face the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The 3:00 p.m. tip-off can be seen on CSN Bay Area (HD) and heard on KNBR 1050.
Golden State will be looking to get back on the winning track after dropping a 107-103 contest in Boston on Friday night. The Warriors put up quite a fight against one of the league's top teams, cutting an 18-point defcit to just one late in the fourth quarter. The Celtics, however, would not go down easily and hung on for their 45th win of the season.
One of the biggest reasons for the Warriors comeback was the play of Monta Ellis, who scored 41 points in the losing effort. The 40-point game was Ellis' fourth of the season, and the eighth of his career. He was 13-24 from the field and scored 16 points in the third quarter alone. With the Warriors playing their fifth-straight road game on Sunday, they will continue to look toward their scoring leader to help lead them to victory.
David Lee also put forth an impressive effort on Friday, finishing with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Over the last five games, the Warriors forward has averaged nearly 19 points and 12 rebounds per game, and Golden State will need his play to continue to be solid as they hit the homestretch of their seven-game trip.
The Warriors will be facing the 76ers for the second and final time this season, having defeated Philadelphia 110-95 on December 27. The 76ers are sure to be a tougher draw this time around, though, as they are currently in the midst of their best stretch of the season. Philadelphia has won five of their last six games, and 13 of their last 18, and they are continuing to show improvement under new Head Coach Doug Collins. The team is led by swingman Andre Iguodala, who helped guide the team to a win over Minnesota on Friday by logging a triple-double (22 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds). Iguodala, Jrue Holiday and Elton Brand will be the focus of the Warriors game plan, but they also cannot ignore the contributions of such players as Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young and rookie Evan Turner.
Following Sunday's game in Philadelphia, the Warriors will wrap up their longest road trip of the season with a back-to-back set in Cleveland and New Jersey on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The Warriors will then come home to host Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Friday, March 11, and Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, March 13, in a game that will feature another one of Jacks Box Office Specials.
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