Enjoying their first three-game winning streak of the season, the Warriors will attempt to keep that momentum rolling as they open a five-game East Coast road trip on Wednesday in Atlanta. The first of two meetings this season between the Warriors and Hawks will tip off at 4 p.m., and fans will be able to follow the action live on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.
The Warriors used some strong perimeter shooting to notch their third-consecutive win on Monday, a 110-95 victory over the 76ers at Oracle Arena. Golden State made a season-high 15 three-pointers while shooting an impressive 65.2 percent (15-for-23) from long distance. Dorell Wright connected on five of those three-point shots, and he is now second in the NBA with 72 made threes. It was an overall efficient night for the first-year Warrior, who needed just 11 shots to score a game-high 28 points.
Monta Ellis didnt have his shot falling like Wright, but his imprint on the game was just as big. The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, Ellis dropped 22 points and dished out a season-high 12 assists for his third double-double of the season and the 17th of his career. The team has been sharing the ball extremely well as of late, with 30-plus assists in each of the last two games. The Warriors cant always rely on being as effective from three-point range as they were on Monday, but they can give themselves plenty of good looks at the basket if they continue to move the ball on offense.
The Warriors have played some of their best basketball of the season over the last week, and its no coincidence that the team is approaching full health. Stephen Curry proved he is rounding into form with Mondays 17-point, eight-assist performance, David Lee is appearing to be less effected by his surgically repaired left elbow (21 points, 16 rebounds on Monday) and Ekpe Udoh has shown glimpses of his potential in recent games after missing the first part of the season due to left wrist surgery. Andris Biedrins and Dan Gadzuric remain day-to-day with their ailments, but its fair to say that the Warriors are approaching full strength and opponents might want to take notice.
Trying to stop Golden States winning streak will be an Atlanta team that has won each of its last eight home games. Like the Warriors, the Hawks have several weapons on offense. Six players average double figures in scoring, led by Joe Johnson with 17.3 points per game. However, it has been their defense that has fueled their success as of late, allowing just 85.3 points per game over their last six games. Should the Warriors open their road trip on a winning note, theyll have to pass a strong test in the Atlanta Hawks.
Following Wednesdays game in Atlanta, the Warriors will travel to Charlotte for a New Years Eve matinee match-up with the Bobcats. From there, Golden State will continue its trip through Miami, Orlando and New Orleans before coming back home to host the Cavaliers on Friday, January 7, in a Family And Friends contest.
With three days off before a recent road game, 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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