Oklahoma City (4-6) at Golden State (6-3)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Sat Nov 18, 2006
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The Golden State Warriors have used a potent offense led by Baron Davis to win the first four games of their season-high seven-game homestand. Davis and the Warriors look to keep up their offensive surge Saturday when their homestand continues against the Seattle SuperSonics.

Golden State (6-3) was tied for the seventh-worst home record last season at 21-20, but has found new life at Oracle Arena this season.

After losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in their season opener, the Warriors have won their last five home games, including a 117-105 victory Thursday over the Sacramento Kings. They have not won six straight at home since a seven-game winning streak from March 15-April 6, 2004.

Davis matched a season high with 36 points, had a career-high 18 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds against the Kings. He is averaging 28.5 points and 12.0 assists while shooting 52 percent from the field during the homestand.

“He is definitely our most dominant player right now, and we’ll ride him as long as we can,” Warriors coach Don Nelson said. “I don’t like him being out there so long, but it’s a good sign to see that he’s handling it, so far.”

Davis is leading a Golden State offense that is averaging 114.8 points and shooting 51.7 percent over its last four games.

“We just want to continue to play at the current pace,” Davis said. “We need to take it game by game and build on the things that were doing right now.”

The Warriors are fourth in the league in scoring at 104.6 points per game, and are 6-0 this season when scoring at least 100 points.

The SuperSonics (4-6) are allowing the sixth-most points in the league at 103.1 per game, and are 3-3 when allowing 100 or more points.

Davis averaged 27.0 points and shot 45.9 percent in three games against Seattle last season. He had a season-high 35 points Feb. 1 in a 111-107 loss.

Golden State won two of three against Seattle last season and nine of the last 13 between the teams.

Despite shooting a season-high 53.6 percent from the field, the Sonics lost 118-109 on Frida to the Utah Jazz. Seattle was outrebounded 47-27 and committed 20 turnovers that led to 20 points for Utah.

“We were just careless with the ball. I think we took some chances that we shouldn’t have,” Seattle coach Bob Hill said. “When you get behind sometimes you panic and try and get it back too quickly.”

Ray Allen scored 32 points on 9-of-17 shooting against the Jazz, his fourth 30-point game of the season. Last season against the Warriors, Allen connected on 11-of-20 shots from 3-point range and averaged 33.5 points—his most against any opponent in 2005-06.

Allen is averaging 25.8 points and teammate Rashard Lewis is averaging 23.7, making them the top scoring duo in the NBA.

Despite their recent two-game skid, the Sonics have won three in a row on the road. They went just 13-28 on the road last season, and have not won four straight road games since March 1-15, 2005.

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