Back from road, Warriors look to stay hot

| December 17, 2012
David Lee went for at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the last seven Warrior games. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • David Lee went for at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the last seven Warrior games.

Fresh off a wildly successful road trip, the Warriors are looking like one of the better teams in the NBA. Losers of seven straight, the New Orleans Hornets are making their case as one of the worst.

The Hornets will be looking to snap that slide when they visit Golden State today.

The Warriors knocked off the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks en route to a 6-1 road trip. Golden State took the first five games of its road trip before suffering a bit of a letdown in a loss at Orlando on Friday. But instead of rolling over on the second night of a back-to-back at the end of their longest road trip of the season, the Warriors came out on Saturday in Atlanta and dominated the Hawks, putting up 115 points on one of the best defensive teams in the league.

David Lee went for at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the seven stops on the trip while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson kept defenses from collapsing on Lee with their strong outside shooting.

The Warriors have gotten a string of contributions from the supporting cast. On Saturday, it was Carl Landry (19 points and seven rebounds) off the bench and rookie Harrison Barnes (19 points) providing the support.

That has been the formula all season for Golden State, which gets to enjoy six of its next eight games at home and will not travel more than one time zone away again until a trip to San Antonio on Jan. 18.

New Orleans kicked off a four-game road trip with a one-point loss at Portland on Sunday and has to face three of the top five teams in the West over the next four days.

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