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ORACLE Arena, Oakland, California  Attendance: 19,596

Warriors, minus Curry one more time, host Hornets

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Charlotte Hornets at Golden State Warriors

  1. The Warriors defeated the Hornets 101-87 in Charlotte on December 6, holding the Hornets to 35.1 percent from the floor in the contest. It was Golden State's seventh straight win against Charlotte, which is its longest-ever win streak in the history of this series.
  2. The Hornets shot 36.8 percent from the field in their loss to Boston on Wednesday. With the defeat, Charlotte fell to 1-8 on the season when it fails to shoot 40+ percent in a game.
  3. The Warriors are 12-1 (.923) this month, their only loss coming at home to Denver on December 23. The all-time franchise record for the best win percentage in the month of December is .846 (11-2), set in December 2015.
  4. Dwight Howard had 12 points and 17 rebounds in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics. It was his 11th game in 2017-18 with 10+ points and 15+ boards (5-6).
  5. Draymond Green (7.4) and Kevin Durant (5.1) are one of three sets of teammates in the NBA to each be averaging at least 5.0 assists per game in 2017-18 (each player appeared in minimum of 75% of team G).
  6. Klay Thompson has made at least one three-pointer in 89 consecutive games, which is tied with Dana Barros (December 23, 1994-January 10, 1996) for the third-longest streak in NBA history.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors will go without star point guard Stephen Curry at least one more time Friday night when they continue a seven-game homestand against the Charlotte Hornets.

Curry scrimmaged with Warriors reserves and coaches Thursday, attempting to clear the final hurdle required before returning from his 10-game absence with a sprained right ankle.

After the workout, the Warriors declared Curry out for Friday's game. But coach Steve Kerr indicated he's likely to get a green light for Golden State's next contest, which will be Saturday night at home against Memphis.

The Warriors have gone 9-1 in Curry's absence, doing so mostly on a strength of an improved defense that has held six of the 10 opponents to fewer than 100 points.

Golden State finally put offense and defense together Wednesday night in a 126-101 romp over the Utah Jazz, pouring in 42 points in the third quarter.

"We're a totally different team with Steph on the court as far as how we play," noted Kevin Durant, who has spearheaded the defensive effort with two or more blocked shots in 10 straight games. "When Steph went out, we had to play a different tempo, a different pace. It was definitely fun trying to figure it out."

One thing about the Warriors' offense has not changed since Curry got hurt. Backcourt mate Klay Thompson has continued his run of 3-pointers, having now made at least one in 89 straight games.

Thompson tied former Boston Celtics point guard Dana Barros for the third-longest streak in NBA history Wednesday against Utah. He will seek to take over third place solo Friday night, and continue his chase on the top two marks: 127 by Kyle Korver and 157 by Curry.

The Warriors will be facing a Charlotte team that was held to 91 points at home by Boston in a 102-91 loss on Wednesday night.

The Hornets managed only 87 points in a 101-87 home loss to Golden State earlier this month in the first game after Curry's injury.

Charlotte has lost 13 of 17 since Nov. 24 against a brutal schedule. The Hornets have faced Cleveland, San Antonio, Toronto, Golden State, Houston and Boston a total of seven times in that stretch, losing every time.

After Friday's rematch with the Warriors, the Hornets won't see any of those six elite clubs until Feb. 11, when Toronto visits.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, what on paper appears to be a softer stretch begins with four straight on the road, where the club has gone 2-12 this season.

"It hasn't been the most friendly out there on the road for us," forward Marvin Williams assessed before packing up to head west. "Just have to go out there with a road mentality. We've got a lot of ground to make up."

The Hornets won't leave the state of California on the trip. They also will face both Los Angeles clubs, sandwiching a trip to Sacramento.

The Golden State game represents a homecoming of sorts for Hornets interim coach Stephen Silas, who was a four-year Warriors assistant under Don Nelson.

Updated December 28, 2017

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