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Stephen Curry has had quite the memorable visit to his hometown Charlotte, and he hopes to conclude it Wednesday night with a Warriors victory.
On the fourth and final stop of their seven-day road trip, the Warriors (38-7) invade Spectrum Center to face the Hornets (23-22).
One day after Curry was honored by both his high school, Charlotte Christian, and by Davidson College, the Warriors (38-7) are trying to bounce back from a stinging last-second loss to the Heat in Miami on Monday.
With the Warriors coming off a loss at Miami, at stake is their streak of 131 consecutive games, dating back to April 2015, without losing two in a row.
Warriors by 10
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Curry vs. Kemba Walker: Curry is averaging 36.3 points over his last three games in Charlotte and usually excels there. Walker, acutely aware of the hometown dynamic, occasionally matches his counterpart. Walker has improved his 3-point shot enough that his percentage this season (41.4) is higher than that of Curry (40.1). Curry will want to rearrange those numbers, maybe in one night.
Warriors: F/C David West (L thumb fracture) is listed as out.
Hornets: C Frank Kaminsky (nasal fracture), G Jeremy Lamb (metatarsal inflammation), G Brian Roberts (illness) and C Cody Zeller (quad contusion) are questionable.
Warriors: 8-2. Hornets: 4-6
In sweeping the season series in each of the last two seasons, the Warriors have won four straight and six of the last eight overall.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
RESPECT THE ROCK: Charlotte ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.02. The Warriors are second (2.08), their ratio skewed by superb ball movement that results in high assist totals. The Hornets are careful with the ball, and they are 10-2 at home when forcing more turnovers than they commit.
GLASS WARS: The Hornets rank fourth in rebounding, averaging 45.5 per game. Though the Warriors are fifth, at 45.3, they also allow more offensive rebounds (11.6) than any team in the league. The team that rebounds best gains a decided advantage.
KD VS. MKG: Durant has been burning most everyone in his path and poses quite the challenge for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, one of the league’s better wing defenders. As good as MKG is, this will be his first meeting with KD this season and he may discover why Durant is having his most efficient season.