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Speights Leads Warriors to Eighth Consecutive Victory

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It wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done. The Warriors fought their way back from 10 points down to get their eighth-straight win in a 106-101 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Marreese Speights scored the first 16 points of the fourth quarter for the Dubs (outscoring Charlotte 16-8 by himself over that span) to retake the lead with just under five minutes remaining. He had a game-high 27 points, his third 20-point game of the year after having just two such games last season. Stephen Curry notched 12 points in that fourth quarter on his way to 26 points for the game, along with six assists and four rebounds.

The Warriors may lead the league in team field goal percentage, but they couldn’t take the lid off the basket for the first three quarters. After taking a 28-24 lead into the second quarter, Golden State couldn’t buy a bucket as the Hornets went on a 15-2 run over a four minute span to go up nine. Charlotte would head into halftime up 55-49 while outshooting the Warriors 49 percent to 40 percent from the field. The Dubs didn’t have an answer for Hornets guard Brian Roberts, who scored 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the first half.

The Hornets achieved their largest lead of 10 points with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter. While their defense was keeping the game from getting out of hand, the Warriors still could not get their shots to fall with any consistency, even when relying on two of the best shooters in the game. The third quarter would conclude with the Hornets leading 80-74, as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 12-of-37 from the field up to that point.

Warriors Beat Hornets 106-101

The Warriors extend their winning streak to eight games with a 106-101 win over the Hornets in Charlotte on Friday night.

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Warriors Beat Hornets 106-101

The Warriors extend their winning streak to eight games with a 106-101 win over the Hornets in Charlotte on Friday night.
Nov 28, 2014  |  01:09

Warriors vs. Hornets

Marreese Speights scores 27 points as the Warriors beat the Hornets 106-101 for their eighth straight win.
Nov 27, 2014  |  00:00

Curry layup

Andre Iguodala grabs the rebound and fires it up to Stephen Curry for the easy layup
Nov 27, 2014  |  00:00

Thompson Steal

Klay Thompson steals the ball and Stephen Curry finishes the play with a layup.
Nov 27, 2014  |  00:00

In the fourth quarter, Speights found the answer to the Warriors’ offensive woes. He caught fire, scoring the Dubs’ first 16 points of the quarter, single-handedly outscoring Charlotte 16-8 over that span. His eighth bucket of the quarter at the 4:54 mark gave the Warriors a 90-88 lead. Klay Thompson followed that up with a clutch triple, and from there the Warriors never looked back. Curry would seal the victory with several free throws down the stretch, as he and Speights combined to score 28 of the teams’ 32 points in the fourth and final frame.

The victory extends the Warriors best start in franchise history to 13-2. Currently undefeated with a 4-0 record on this road trip, they’ll look to return home with an unblemished record after taking on the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday. If victorious, it would achieve just the second sweep of a five-game road trip in franchise history, and first since Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 1978.


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