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Friday, January 18th (All times eastern)

Golden State Warriors (23-17) at Chicago Bulls (15-22), 9:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Golden State Warriors continue their four-game road trip when they visit the Chicago Bulls tonight at the United Center.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. Golden State is scheduled to host the Bulls on February 7th at ORACLE Arena.

The home team has won the last 12 contests in this series. Golden Stare has lost six straight after winning its last two at Chicago.

The Warriors are 1-1 on the swing and will try to bounce back from a loss. On Wednesday, Danny Granger scored 29 points and pulled down nine rebounds and the Indiana Pacers recovered from a 17-point second- half deficit to knock off Golden State, 125-117, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Baron Davis led Golden State with 24 points and seven assists before fouling out in the waning minutes, while Matt Barnes added a season-high 18 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who won at Minnesota on Tuesday.

Golden State is 12-10 on the road this season. The Warriors will visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at the Bradley Center.

Chicago will try to win back-to-back games as it opens a two-game homestand. Ben Gordon scored 24 points and the Chicago reserves dominated in a 126-96 rout of the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Joe Smith finished with 23 points and Andres Nocioni added 20 points off the bench for the Bulls, who snapped a two-game skid. Luol Deng chipped in 21 points and a career-best eight assists for Chicago, which beat the Heat for the fifth time in the last six encounters.

The Bulls, who have dropped three of their last four as the host, are 7-10 at home this season. They will host Central Division-rival Detroit on Saturday at the United Center.

On the injury front for Chicago, guard Kirk Hinrich (back spasms) is doubtful. Hinrich, who has missed two straight games, is averaging 11.3 points and a team-best 6.1 assists per game this season.

01/18 10:43:28 ET


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