The Golden State Warriors have struggled this season, especially on the road.
The Warriors look to snap a 10-game road losing streak as they visit the Orlando Magic.
Golden State lost 105-96 at the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat on Monday for their 17th loss in 19 games. Mike Dunleavy scored 26 points and Derek Fisher added 22 for the Warriors, who have the second-worst record in the Western Conference and the fourth-worst in the NBA.
Only expansion New Orleans (8-39) in the West, and Charlotte (10-34) and Atlanta (10-37) in the East have worse marks. The same three teams are the only ones with worse records on the road than Golden State’s 3-20.
The Warriors are winless on the road since Dec. 26, when they beat the Sacramento Kings 98-94.
Golden State led Miami for much of the first half Monday and pulled to within one point in the fourth quarter.
“We gave ourselves a chance to win,” coach Mike Montgomery said. “That’s what we were looking to do.”
Despite their strong start, the Warriors trailed 28-25 after the first quarter and fell to 0-12 on the road when trailing after one period.
“They came out with a little bit more energy than we did. It’s always hard to play the lesser teams like that,” Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal said. “They get more pumped up for us than we do for them.”
“We didn’t play particularly well,” Francis said. “More than that, we didn’t stick to what we do best. That’s the second night in a row that has happened.”
The Magic, who play eight of their next 10 games at home, are 9-0 when playing at home after a road loss.