ORLANDO, Fla. — The Warriors started their New Year's celebration early Tuesday with a blowout 94-81 win over the Orlando Magic.
Golden State's starters sat for the entire fourth quarter as its bench put the game away before 15,062 at the Amway Center.
The Warriors won their sixth straight game — their longest streak since December 2007 — and are 2-0 to begin their season-long seven-game road trip.
Golden State (20-13) avoided the potential trap of looking ahead to Thursday's showdown with the two-time defending champion Miami Heat — not to mention spending New Year's Eve in South Beach — and delivered a complete performance.
“That's what the good teams do,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “They handle their business.”
The Magic (10-21) took eight points off Golden State's 58-35 halftime advantage by the time the fourth quarter rolled around. But Jackson showed confidence in his bench by sending them out to start the final period. They delivered.
“Our starters play a lot of heavy minutes,” Jackson said. “It's important when we have an opportunity to take care of business that we do so and get quality minutes for the reserves. I thought the bench did a great job.”
Kent Bazemore matched a season-high with 12 points, Marreese Speights had 10 points and six rebounds and Draymond Green had six points, nine rebounds and four blocks to pace the reserves. It was Green's second straight game with four blocks, which is a career high.
“When we step on the floor, we don't necessarily have to boost the lead but we definitely have to maintain it,” Green said. “The way we maintain it is with our energy level on the defensive end.”