Two days after winning a thrilling game on Christmas Night, the Warriors will be back in front of the Oracle Arena faithful as they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Bring your family and friends to the Monday night contest and receive a hot dog, soda and bag of chips with every ticket purchased. Packages are available in the lower level and Club 200 with savings of up to $66. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m., and fans unable to attend the game can follow the action on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.
The Warriors will enter Monday's contest riding the momentum of two-straight victories, including Saturday night's home win over the Blazers. The Chrstmas Night contest was the Warriors' first since 1984, and their first-ever Christmas home game. With the arena packed with celebratory fans, the Warriors sent the crowd home in an even better mood after securing the win. Trailling 97-91 late in the fourth quarter, the Warriors closed the game on an 18-5 run to help seal the 109-102 victory.
The player most responsible for Saturday's win was unquestionably Monta Ellis. The Warriors guard tallied 39 points and seven assists while willing the team to victory. The performance came on the heels of a 36-point outing in an overtime win in Sacramento on Tuesday. Ellis has strung together an impressive stretch of games as of late, proving that he is most definitely a worthy candidate to be selected for the West All-Star team. In fact, over his last five games, Ellis is averaging 35.8 points, 6.4 assists and 2.6 steals per contest.
Those are pretty remarkable numbers, especially when one considers that most of his recent games have been played without his backcourt mate, Stephen Curry. But speaking of Curry, he was able to return to the court on Christmas Night after missing each of the team's last six games due to an injured ankle. Curry's presence was certainly missed by the Warriors, and while he struggled from the field on Saturday, he also compiled 11 assists and showed exactly how important he is to the team's success.
The Warriors haven't had the luxury of having Ellis, Curry and David Lee all on the court at the same time as often as they would have liked so far this year. But with all three now healthy, the team will be looking to come together to prove that they are a team to be reckoned with.
The team will have the chance to push their winning streak to three games when they host Philadelphia on Monday. The young 76ers have struggled at times this season, but they are a team that definitely cannot be overlooked. Led by veterans Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand, the 76ers defeated the Warriors twice last season. Golden State will be out to avenge those losses while also proving that their last two victories were in no way flukes.
Following Monday's game versus Philadelphia, the Warriors will embark on a five-game road trip that will bring them into the New Year. The trip opens in Atlanta on Wednesday and continues through Charlotte, Miami, Orlando and New Orleans. The Warriors will then return home for a game against the Cavaliers on Friday, January 7.
With three days off before their game in Portland on Saturday, the Warriors kept busy not only at work at practice, but also in the community. Read the most recent warriors.com blog entry and see how Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and Dorell Wright are brightening the holiday seasons for Bay Area families in need.
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