ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Golden State Warriors started their New Year's celebration early with a 94-81 blowout victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.
The Warriors' starters sat for the entire fourth quarter as the bench put the game away before 15,062 at the Amway Center.
They won their sixth straight game -- their longest streak since December 2007 -- and are 2-0 to begin a season-long, seven-game trip.
Golden State (20-13) avoided the potential trap of looking ahead to Thursday's showdown with the two-time defending NBA 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. 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 a career-tying four blocks to pace the reserves. It was Green's second straight game with four blocks.
"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."
There were times earlier this season where Jackson tried to let the reserves close a game out but had to bring the starters back, something Bazemore called "embarrassing."
That's what made this effort so encouraging, especially on a trip where any saved minutes for the starters could be beneficial.
After hovering barely over .500 not long ago, the Warriors are now back on a pace for 50 victories thanks to this six-game streak. It's the longest current winning streak in the NBA.
"We've been up and down," Bazemore said. "It feels good to win two in a row on the road and get the ball rolling finally."
The Warriors took control early by attacking the paint, dominating the boards and using excellent ball movement. They scored 16 of their 26 first-quarter points in the paint and finished the night with 42 points inside.
David Lee led the team with 22 points and added nine rebounds.
"David's playing at a high level the last 10 to 12 games," Jackson said. "The David Lee we've come to expect and appreciate around here and it makes a difference. It opens up a lot of things for us."
However, Stephen Curry's NBA season-best streak of 12 straight games with 20 or more points ended. He finished with nine points, eight assists and five rebounds in 30 minutes. Klay Thompson had 15 points.
The Warriors held Orlando to 38.2 percent shooting, the 14th time this season that their opponent has shot less than 40 percent. That's second in the league to the Indiana Pacers, who share the NBA's best record.
-- Orlando center Nikola Vucevic sprained his left ankle with 3:29 left in the first quarter and did not return. The 7-footer had been averaging 13.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
-- Speights requested 75 tickets for friends and family for the game. He's from St. Petersburg, Fla., about 90 minutes away from Orlando.
-- The radio broadcast for the Warriors game against the Washington Wizards on Sunday has been moved to KNBR 1050 to accommodate the 49ers' playoff game against the Green Bay Packers airing on KNBR 680.
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