Curry: 'After the egg we dropped in Chicago, this was a big win for us'
The Warriors beat the Hornets Dec. 18 at Oracle, and on Jan. 19 in New Orleans. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
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Moments after the Warriors wrapped up their biggest win of the season -- both in margin and meaning -- Sunday in Houston, guard Klay Thompson made it clear the 108-78 win was already in the rear-view mirror.
"If we don't take care of business in New Orleans, this means nothing," Thompson said. "Every win from here on out is a big, big game and you have to take wins where you get them and it's not easy."
The second half of road back-to-backs aren't usually where a team can expect to pick up a win, but Monday's game at New Orleans fits the bill. New Orleans wrapped up a three-game road trip with a loss at Minnesota on Sunday and will be without Eric Gordon, who isn't playing in back-to-back games as he eases his way back from injury.
Just before the trade deadline, it was rumored that the Warriors and Hornets had talked about a potential trade that would have involved Gordon and Thompson, but the talks never reportedly got too serious.
New Orleans (22-45) has lost 11 of 14 and dropped the only two games against the Warriors this year, including a 116-112 game in New Orleans on Jan. 19.
Before Sunday's win in Houston, Golden State (38-30) had dropped nine of ten on the road and avoided a drop to the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings. The Warriors hold a 1.5-game lead over Houston and a two-game lead over the Lakers, who occupy the final playoff spot.
"We haven't been playing well on the road," guard Stephen Curry said. "This was a big game for us to start off the road trip with and it's a good feeling. Now we have to follow it up (Monday) and not let this win be for nothing."
Of the 14 games remaining on their schedule, nine are at Oracle Arena. Following Monday's game in New Orleans, the Warriors finish their three-game road trip with a game at San Antonio on Wednesday, then have road games against Phoenix, the Lakers and Portland still on the schedule.