Published November 20, 2014
Only the pesky Orlando Magic stand in the way of the Golden State Warriors and their longest road winning streak since 2005.
The Eastern Conference has yet to give the Warriors much trouble this season sans one loss to the Magic and Golden State is out to avenge that setback with a sixth straight road victory on Friday night.
Looking to clinch a perfect four-game homestand on Dec. 3, Golden State instead lost for the seventh time in its last eight against Orlando, suffering a 102-94 defeat.
The Magic were paced by 24 points from both Aaron Afflalo and Glen Davis, while J.J. Redick had 22 and Nikola Vucevic pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds.
Stephen Curry had 25 points and 11 assists for the Warriors, who turned the ball over 14 times, resulting in 23 Magic points.
That has been the only loss of the season against the East for Golden State, which is 9-1 against the conference but has lost 15 of its past 18 in Orlando.
Following the loss to the Magic, the Warriors began a season-long seven-game road trip and each game is versus the East. Golden State is perfect so far on the trip and is coming off Wednesday's big 97-95 win over the defending champion Miami Heat.
Taking possession following a missed 3-pointer by Miami with 11.4 seconds left, Golden State's Jarrett Jack dribbled around the top of the key before spotting a wide-open Draymond Green for the go-ahead layup with 0.9 ticks left on the clock.
The Warriors secured their eighth victory in nine games overall once LeBron James' turnaround jumper from the baseline clanked off the rim.
"With the last shot coach (Mark Jackson) didn't point out who specifically was going to be taking the shot," said Green. "He said we're going to go out there, we're going to find who's open and we're going to make the best play."
Klay Thompson had a season high-tying 27 points and Jack ended with 20 points for the Warriors, who at 15-7 are off to their best start since 1991-92.
David Lee notched his career-high fifth straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, logging 22 points and 13 boards. Its the longest such streak for Golden State since Joe Smith had seven in a row from Dec. 18-Jan. 8 during the 1996-97 season.
"They're the best and for us to leave out of here (with a win), it's a total team effort," said Jackson. "Especially when our best players are having a tough night, there's something about this team that refuses to quit. We're going to battle and compete."
Golden State will end its swing on Saturday in Atlanta and has won the first five games of a single road trip for the first time since 1978. A victory over the Magic would tie the Warriors' second-longest road winning streak ever set from March 12-April 6, 2005.
A sweep of the swing would allow Golden State to even its club-record seven- game road winning streak set in 1969.
But the Magic are up first and they have lost three of four since beating the Warriors. Orlando dropped its fourth straight home game on Wednesday, falling 86-80 to the Atlanta Hawks.
The Magic shot just 38.3 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 16 times. The Hawks netted 24 points off those mistakes.
"It was another game where we defended well in the halfcourt, and we turned it over and gave them opportunities to score the basketball, made it easy on them. We are what we are right now; we're a high-turnover team," Redick said.
Afflalo ended with 16 points to pace the Magic, while Redick and Jameer Nelson donated 13 and 12 points, respectively.