CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had it going so much that the Charlotte Bobcats put 6-foot-7 small forward Jeff Taylor on him. But Curry used some fancy dribbling to shake free and drilled a pull-up 3-pointer.
The sparse crowd collectively gasped while Curry strutted at midcourt. The local boy put on a show.
In his only appearance in his hometown this season, Curry led the Warriors to a 104-96 victory Monday. He finished with 27 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.
"When I was his age, I would tell you that it didn't mean anything," coach Mark Jackson said, "(but) I was trying to go murder my home team."
The Warriors (14-7) have won four straight to start the seven-game trip, ensuring their longest trip of the season is a winning one. Golden State hadn't had a winning trip of seven games or more since the 1970-71 season. The 4-0 start to a trip is the team's first since the 1978-79 season.
The Warriors head into Miami seven games over .500, a half-game behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the lead in the Pacific Division.
"This team's never been short on confidence," forward David Lee said after totaling 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists -- his fourth straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
"We've got a group of guys that believe we're going to win every game we play."
Curry played the role of distributor for most of the first half. Golden State came a point
"The first half was a thing of beauty," Jackson said. "We defended, paid attention to detail and executed. In the second half, we took our foot off the gas pedal on both sides of the basketball."
In the third quarter, Curry heated up. He scored 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including three from deep.
The Bobcats had trimmed the Warriors' lead to 65-54
"My first years, I had bad cases of the butterflies playing in Charlotte," Curry said. "Seeing a lot of familiar faces, you get kind of riled up for those first one or two times you play at home. This time, I'm more ... I guess you'd call it experienced. Going through the process (Sunday) with my family, being at home, and (Monday) making sure it was business as usual."
Curry has scored 20 or more points in a career-best eight straight games. During the stretch, he is averaging 23 points, 8.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 turnovers and 2.0 steals in 39.6 minutes. Most important, the Warriors are 7-1 in those games.
"We came in and worked our tails off and prepared ourselves for this season," Jackson said. "I didn't put any limitations on us. We are 14-7 with eight road wins. We are playing great as individuals and on the group effort. ... It's a wonderful thing when you get a group of guys who are committed, and they are buying in. Nobody wants to let go of the rope."
The Warriors almost let go late in Monday's game. They improved to 11-0 when leading after three quarters, but not before the Bobcats gave them a bit of a scare.
Golden State went nearly four minutes without a field goal in middle of the fourth quarter, allowing the Bobcats to chip away. Lee's tip-in with 5:22 left put Golden State ahead 101-87. But the Warriors didn't make another field goal the rest of the game. They sealed the victory by getting three straight stops in the final minute.
Golden State totaled just 11 points in the fourth quarter on 3 of 19 shooting with eight turnovers.
"You'd like to say since we're up by 20, let's stay up by 20," said backup point guard Jarrett Jack, who finished 3 of 11 but had 12 points, six assists and a career-high five steals. "That's an NBA team over there. They're going to make a run. But we do have to get better at taking care of the ball and playing our game."
Warriors (14-7) at Miami (14-5), 4:30 p.m., CSNBA
The road is our home
The Warriors have already won eight games on the road this season. Here's their total road wins over the last four seasons:
*-Season shortened to 66 games because of lockout.