Reviewing the Golden State Warriors’ 5-Game Road Trip

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Nov 28, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Golden State Warriors forward center Marreese Speights (5) celebrates after his teammate, guard Klay Thompson (11) (not pictured) scores in the closing seconds of the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. Warriors win 106-101. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

After a day of rest and certainly tons of food, it was on to Charlotte to take on Michael Jordan‘s Hornets.

The Warriors and Hornets games always have an interesting footnote.  Curry played high school basketball in Charlotte and the college he attended, Davidson, is only about 20 miles outside of the city.  Steph’s Dad, Dell, has been the broadcaster for the Hornets (Bobcats) for several years now.  To this day, Dell is the all-time leader in points (9,839) and three-pointers made (929) in Hornets franchise history.

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Prior to this game, Steph has averaged 29.5 points per game over his last four contests against his hometown team.  As of the the Warriors last shootaround before tip-off, Curry had purchased 75 tickets for family and friends, so he was bound to put on a show.

Whether it was too much turkey, the wear of being on the tail-end of a road trip or some other reason, Curry had a tough time finding the basket for the majority of the game.  Curry finished 1-for-10 from three-point range but had some timely baskets in the fourth quarter to help lead the Warriors to a win.

The Warriors were down six points heading into the fourth quarter.  Enter Speights.  Speights was once again the star of the show, starting off the quarter with 16 consecutive points before Thompson added a basket.  The Dubs were up five points by this time, and they never looked back, holding the Hornets on for a 106-101 victory.

Speights finished with 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting.  Despite Curry’s struggles from beyond the arc, he still added 26 points of his own, shooting 9-of-20 from the field.  Taking out Curry’s three-point attempts, he shot 8-of-10.  He also made all seven of his free throw attempts.

Eight wins in a row. 13-2 record.