ORLANDO, Fla. -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson sees every game of this trip as an individual challenge that can be successful if his team plays its brand of basketball.
After escaping Cleveland with an overtime win, Golden State hopes to play 48 minutes of its style of ball when it takes on the Orlando Magic on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
The Warriors didn't fire up the defensive intensity until they fell behind by 17 points against the Cavaliers on Sunday.
"We've got to hopefully come out with a better start in Orlando and not have to rely on a huge comeback," guard Stephen Curry said.
Jackson has often pointed out that the Warriors' defensive style makes them a team that should play just as well on the road as at home. That said, it had to be disconcerting to see his team struggle on that end of the court for a half against a below-average Cavaliers team.
The Magic owns the same 10-20 record as Cleveland, but Jackson understands that all of the games on this seven-game trip can be tough.
"None of these games are going to be easy," he said. "We're playing against teams in their own building, but we've got to take care of our business. I think it's important for us to be true to our identity, and things will fall into place."
Draymond Green was a major reason the Warriors were able to take care of business against Cleveland. He came off the bench to post career highs of 12 rebounds and four blocks and afterward explained how the bench players are finally settling into their roles.
"We haven't really been together," Green said, noting the season-opening injury to Harrison Barnes and the injury to Andre Iguodala that forced Barnes back into the starting lineup. "We're starting to learn how to play together."
The team's overall feeling was that it was happy to get the trip off to a good start, no matter how it happened.
"To come out and scrap our way to a victory with our defensive performance in the second half really sets the tone for this long road trip," Curry said.
Green agreed: "The first game definitely sets the tone. It's going to decide how you go into the next matchup. Going into Orlando, that's a tough team. They're going to play hard. They have some good pieces as well, so we knew we needed to get this win and go in there with some confidence, with some momentum."
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Warriors (19-13) at Orlando (10-20), 2 p.m. CSNBA