The Golden State Warriors haven’t been tested during their latest run, though that may change with back-to-back games against teams looking to extend home winning streaks.
Ahead of a tough trip to Houston, the Warriors look to extend the Western Conference’s longest current win streak to nine Friday night when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Golden State (31-5) hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down while winning its last eight games by an average of 19.8 points. The NBA-leading Warriors continued the dominant stretch Wednesday with a 15th straight home victory, 104-89 over Miami.
Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers and finished with 32 points, while Klay Thompson scored 19. Curry is shooting 54.0 percent during the streak and Thompson 51.2.
Marreese Speights, who has scored 14.7 per game in his last seven, has deepened the bench with center Andrew Bogut moving back into the starting lineup the past two games.
"I think our team has done a good job of keeping our energy up and keeping our spirits up," said reserve forward David Lee, who had eight points, six rebounds and five assists Wednesday. "And I think it all goes back to having that depth and having that cohesiveness as a team that helps us at these times."
Golden State hasn’t had much trouble scoring in the past two home meetings with Oklahoma City, averaging 115.5 points and going 27 of 59 from 3-point range to win both.
The Warriors, however, shot just 35.5 percent and missed 18 of 25 from long range in a 91-86 road win Nov. 23 – when the Thunder were without Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Speights had 28 points, while Curry and Thompson combined for 35 on 11-of-35 shooting.
Golden State, which has allowed 96.1 points per game during the streak, held Westbrook to a total of 55 points on 31.4 percent shooting in the two home matchups.
Durant was limited to 14 points while missing 13 of 16 shots in a 117-91 loss Jan. 5 after he scored 30 in a 114-109 defeat Dec. 18.
The Thunder (18-20), who have never been swept in a season series with Golden State, are slumping offensively with an average of 93.5 points on 37.9 percent shooting while dropping three of their last four.
Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Westbrook added 16 points, eight boards and eight assists in Thursday’s 112-101 loss at Houston. Dion Waiters added 16 points for his highest total in three games since joining Oklahoma City.
"We struggled getting back," coach Scott Brooks said. "We struggled covering the 3-point line. They were getting everything they wanted in the first quarter … we can’t give up a 40-point quarter."
The Thunder have given up 110.7 points per game over their last seven, a stat which does not bode well against a Golden State team that has averaged 116.0 and shot 43.8 percent from long range while setting a team record with eight straight double-digit wins.
Oklahoma City seeks its season high-tying fifth straight victory and ninth in 11 games at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Durant has averaged 36.7 points on 62.9 percent shooting – including 12 of 25 from 3-point range – in his last three at home. Westbrook also has been at his best there, scoring 27.9 per game over his last 10.
The Warriors snapped a 10-game skid in Oklahoma City in November and dropped nine straight in Houston before winning on two of their last three visits.