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Game Preview: Warriors at Hornets - 12/6/17
Winners of four in a row, the Warriors continue their season-long six-game road trip in Charlotte on Friday.
ON TO CHARLOTTE
Now 4-0 on their current six-game road trip, the Warriors will try to keep the good times rolling when they take on the Hornets in Charlotte on Wednesday. This will be the first of two matchups between the two teams this season, with each side hosting one on their home court. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (Pacific). Watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and ESPN, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game and the Warriors Radio Network.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors became the first team in NBA history to overcome two separate 20-point halftime deficits in a single season after outscoring the Pelicans by 29 points in the second half on their way to a 125-115 comeback road victory on Monday. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|2nd in West||11th in East|
|PTS: 118.5 (1st)||PTS: 105.4 (15th)|
|REB: 44.8 (10th)||REB: 46.9 (3rd)|
|AST: 31.1 (1st)||AST: 20.4 (26th)|
LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee
CHA: Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard
INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness) and Patrick McCaw (nose contusion) are questionable. Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) is out. Damian Jones is on G League assignment. Team Notes
CHA: Marcus Paige and Mangok Mathiang are not with the team. Team Notes
NEVER OUT OF IT
In case you needed a reminder, Monday’s comeback win in New Orleans was further proof that you can never count the Warriors out. After trailing by 20 points at halftime, the Dubs outscored the Pelicans 78-47 in the second half to complete the eventual 125-115 comeback victory. It was the second time Golden State erased a 20-point halftime deficit this season, after they came back from 22 points down to beat the 76ers on November 18. The Warriors would obviously prefer to never be in a situation where they’ve dug themselves that deep of a hole, but it doesn’t hurt knowing they have the mental fortitude and talent level to fight their way back in such a short amount of time. So, if and when the Dubs find themselves trailing big the next time, if you change the channel, you’re doing so at your own risk.
|PTS: Curry (26.3)||PTS: Walker (22.7)|
|REB: Green (7.3)||REB: Howard (12.4)|
|AST: Green (7.1)||AST: Walker (6.3)|
CHARLOTTE SCOUTING REPORT
The Hornets got off to a solid start, but it’s been a wild ride ever since. After starting 5-3, Charlotte lost six-straight, then won three in a row before following that up with a four-game losing streak. Their win over the Magic on Monday finally brought an end to that down spell, and improved their record to 9-13 on the season, 2.5 games out of a playoff spot in the East. Point guard Kemba Walker leads the team with an average of 22.7 points and 6.3 assists per game, while veteran center Dwight Howard is enjoying a bit of a career renaissance, currently averaging a double-double with 15.1 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. The Hornets rarely do their opposition any favors, as their 13.7 turnovers per game are the fewest of any team in the league, and only three other teams allow fewer points off turnovers per game. Golden State, on the other hand, ranks near the bottom of the NBA in both of those categories, meaning they’d be wise to keep their turnovers to a minimum on Wednesday in Charlotte, where the Hornets have one of the best home records in the Association.