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Saturday’s game at Philadelphia is a finish line of sorts for the Golden State Warriors.
The last of a five-game road trip represents the Warriors’ final game in the Eastern Time Zone this season and the end of what can be conceived as the difficult portion of the schedule. At 22-34, the 76ers -– losers of seven straight –- don’t necessarily have a scary resume, but seeing them in the second of a road back-to-back is no picnic.
Really, few NBA game are, but with 16 of the final 22 games at Oracle Arena, the Warriors have about as favorable a final stretch as they could have hoped for.
Getting there hasn’t proved to be easy. At least not over the past 12 games, in which the Warriors have won just three times.
After starting the current road trip with a win against Minnesota, Golden State has dropped its past three to Indiana, New York and Friday against Boston.
“It just makes this next game that much more important and that's all you can do at this point, try to win this last one before you head home,” guard Stephen Curry said. “We have a heavy home schedule down the stretch so if we can get this next one and make up for these last three games that'll be a good feeling for us.”
Golden State has dropped its last four games at the Wells Fargo Center, but won the first against Philadelphia this year, 98-89, on Dec. 28. David Lee had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Warriors.
All eyes will be on the point-guard matchup between Jrue Holiday and Curry -– two of the 11 point guards drafted in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft. The Warriors picked Curry at No. 7 and Holiday went to the Sixers at No. 17.
Like Curry, Holiday has taken his game to a new level this year. He’s averaging career highs in points (19.1), assists (8.6) and rebounds (4.2) and was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Outside of the former UCLA Bruin, who has scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games, Philadelphia is light on options. Five other players do score in double digits, but as a team the 76ers rank 30th in the league in scoring.
Happy Anniversary, Chamberlain’s 100-Point Game
It a fitting coincidence, the Warriors’ lone game at Philadelphia falls on the 51st anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain 100-point game, which happened in a win for the Philadelphia Warriors -- 169-147 against the New York Knicks.
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The game was played in Hershey, Penn., about 95 miles from Philadelphia, and still stands as one of sports’ most unbreakable records. Chamberlain went on to average 50.4 points per game that season.
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- The two offensive rebounds Golden State allowed Friday against Boston tied a franchise opponent low.
- Golden State has won just four of its last 17 away games.
- The Warriors are 26-7 when they outrebound their opponent.
- Golden State is 7-1 when scoring at least 20 points off turnovers.
Whether The Storm...— Carl Landry (@CarlLandry) March 2, 2013
Ending this trip on a good note— Festus Ezeli (@fezzyfel) March 2, 2013