NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, February 4th
(All times Eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (21-28) at Golden State Warriors (29-19), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors are in the midst of playing
seven of eight games at home and will start a quick residency Tuesday versus
the Charlotte Bobcats at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors will also welcome Chicago to town and are 14-8 at home. They are
coming off Friday's 95-90 victory at Utah after going 2-3 on a recent stay in
Oakland, and used a big night from All-Star guard Steph Curry, who pumped in a
season-high 44 points on 14-of-26 shooting and made 8-of-13 3-pointers.
"He's an All-Star starter for a reason. He hit some shots and go in a rhythm.
There's not much you can do about it," Jazz guard Alec Burks said of Curry.
Andrew Bogut tallied 16 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and three blocks for
the Warriors, who trailed by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter and
outscored the Jazz, 29-19, in the final frame.
Klay Thompson added 11 points in the win, Golden State's second in a row and
third in four tries since losing four of five contests. It was the back end of
a back-to-back for the Warriors.
Golden State is now 22-3 when holding the opposition under 100 points and
Warriors head coach Mark Jackson needs one more win to reach 100. Only five
coaches have posted 100-plus victories in Warriors history: Alvin Attles, Don
Nelson, Ed Gottlieb, George Senesky, Alex Hannum.
In other milestone news, Curry needs 13 assists to reach 2,000 in his career.
Warriors forward David Lee did not play against the Jazz because of a sprained
left shoulder and is questionable Tuesday. He is posting an average of 19.1
points and 9.8 rebounds this season.
Charlotte had won two in a row and four of six games until suffering a 105-95
loss at Phoenix on Saturday. The setback dropped the Bobcats to 2-1 on their
four-game western swing.
Bobcats forward Al Jefferson, one day after erupting for a career-high 40
points in Los Angeles, was limited to 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting. Anthony
Tolliver led the Bobcats with 14 points.
"We didn't come out playing the way we're supposed to play against a team like
that," said Jefferson. "We didn't have the energy that we needed, we weren't
The Bobcats shot only 41.8 percent and sank just 8-of-23 3-pointers. Jannero
Pargo (12), Cody Zeller (11), Ramon Sessions (11), Josh McRoberts (11) and
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (11) were the other double-digit scorers in defeat.
Charlotte is 10-15 away from home and will return to Time Warner Cable Arena
later this week to host both San Antonio and Dallas. In injury news for the
Bobcats, guard Ben Gordon is expected to miss Tuesday's game with an illness
and hasn't played since Jan. 10 in a loss at Minnesota.
The Bobcats defeated the Warriors, 115-111, on Dec. 9 at home and were led by
Kemba Walker's 31 points. Curry tallied 43 points in that one for Golden
State, which had won two in a row in this series.
Charlotte has lost five of the eight meetings at Golden State.
02/04 10:31:09 ET