Streaking Warriors visit disappointing Hornets

(SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Curry is a native of Charlotte and is averaging 25.7 points against his hometown team.

Curry and the Golden State Warriors will try to extend their season-high winning streak to eight games when they visit the Hornets Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Warriors are 3-0 thus far on a five-game road trip and recorded a 111-96 victory in Orlando the last time out on Wednesday. Curry scored 25 of his game-high 28 points in the first half and buried 6-of-8 3-pointers. Harrison Barnes scored 16 points and Klay Thompson ended with 12, as Golden State used 65 points in the first half to keep the Magic at bay.

"You want to have a good start and not make it hard on yourself to make a huge comeback and have to exert, or have to play perfect basketball down the stretch to win a game," Curry said. "We needed to get a lot of stops in that second and third quarter to open the game for us, and that's what we did."

Curry is fifth in the NBA with 24.2 points per game.

Orlando did have a 31-19 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too late. Shaun Livingston netted 15 points for the Warriors, whose 12-2 start overall and 7-1 beginning on the road are both franchise bests.

Golden State made 51.8 percent from the field and hit 12-of-26 3-pointers. It is first in the NBA with a 49.3 shooting percentage and third with 107.4 points per game.

The Warriors are 9-0 when holding teams under 100 points and will close the trek Sunday at Detroit. Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa (knee) is questionable for Friday's game.

Charlotte is a disappointing 4-12 this season and is mired in a seven-game losing streak, which continued with Wednesday's 105-97 loss to the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers.

Brian Roberts ended with a career-high 24 points off the bench, while Al Jefferson grinded his way to 21 points and 14 boards. Jefferson isn't worried about the slow start.

"It's only 16 games," said Jefferson. "November is a tough month for us. We knew that going in. It's going to get better. We're fighting and competing every night, we just have to finish games."

Jefferson has posted three straight double-doubles in the last four games, and has posted 20-plus points in four of the previous five.

Lance Stephenson chipped in eight points, seven boards and five assists in a losing effort. Hornets guard P.J. Hairston returned to the lineup after missing four games with an ankle injury. He ended with three points.

Charlotte is 3-5 at home this season.

The Hornets are 1-8 against teams from the West and dropped a 112-87 decision at Golden State on Nov. 15, as Thompson and Curry scored 21 and 19 points, respectively. The Warriors shot 51.7 percent and have lost 11 of the past 15 meetings with Charlotte on the road.