LAST TIME OUT The Warriors opened their 2011-12 season with a 105-86 loss to the visiting Clippers in Sunday’s Christmas Night showdown at Oracle Arena. The Warriors held a two-point lead at halftime, but were doomed by cold shooting from the floor. The Warriors shot 39.0 percent from the field and just 23.8 percent from 3-point range. David Lee had team highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds and Monta Ellis added 15 points and eight assists. FULL GAME RECAP
WARRIORS VS. BULLS The Warriors have won each of their last two home games against the Bulls. The most recent match-up with Chicago saw Monta Ellis score 14 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter. Golden State trailed by as many as 13 points in the third period in that contest before going on a 16-2 run to open the final period.
BACK-TO-BACK BEGINNER The Warriors open the season with a back-to-back set for the first time since the 2001-02 season. This marks the 26th time in 50 seasons since moving to the Bay Area in 1962-63 that the Warriors will open with a back-to-back, compiling an all-time record of 21-29 in those games (7-18 in the first game, 14-11 in the second game).