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Friday, December 2nd (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (5-11) at Golden State Warriors (11-6), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The streaking Golden State Warriors hope to continue their early success to the 2005-06 campaign when they welcome the Charlotte Bobcats to The Arena in Oakland.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. Charlotte is scheduled to host Golden State on March 8, 2006 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Golden State comes into tonight's game on a four-game winning streak. The Warriors are off to their best start since the 1991-92 campaign, when they captured 12 of their first 17 contests.

Jason Richardson poured in a season-high 33 points, handed out six assists and grabbed five rebounds, as Golden State downed Sacramento, 113-106, on Wednesday at The Arena.

Two-time All-Star Baron Davis contributed 25 points and a game-high 16 assists in the win over Sacramento for the Warriors, who have won five of their last six contests overall. Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 19 points, while Troy Murphy posted 14 points and 10 boards for Golden State, which shot 47 percent from the field.

The Warriors, who are 7-3 as the host this season, play the fourth of a six- game homestand. They are also scheduled the Phoenix Suns and the Detroit Pistons on the stand.

Charlotte plays the third contest of four-game road trip. On Wednesday, Ray Allen tied a season-high with 32 points, as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Bobcats, 104-94, at KeyArena.

Primoz Brezec led the Bobcats with 21 points and Kareem Rush chipped in 20 points in the loss to Seattle. Emeka Okafor notched a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards for Charlotte, which has lost two straight and five of its last seven overall.

Brevin Knight contributed 18 points and dished out 11 assists in Wednesday's loss for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats will closeout the road trip on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers. They are just 1-8 as the visitor this season.

Golden State has won the only two meetings between the clubs.

12/02 10:25:10 ET


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