Unfortunately for the Warriors, they’re only 0.5 a game ahead of the Jazz, and the 76ers snapped their losing streak today, beating the Warriors 104-97. It seemed like an effortless win for the 76ers, who played against the struggling Warriors.
In the first quarter, of this game, the Warriors jumped out of the gate hot, with Stephen Curry opening 5/6 and Klay Thompson opening 4/8. Because of some impressive defense, the Warriors lead them 31-20 at the end of the first. They forced many turnovers and were getting some good production from the starters. In these past road games, however, the Warriors have had a problem in each area: tonight, it was bench scoring.
In the second quarter, the 76ers immediately picked up their offense and got back into the game with a small 5-0 spurt. Because of some hot Warrior shooting, however, the Warriors built a 14 point lead and were able to keep it there for a while. Closing the quarter, the Sixers made a run and cut the Warriors to a 54-51 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the Warriors finally pushed their lead out to 10 again, behind some hot shooting from Klay Thompson, who had 25 points midway through the third. Unfortunately for the Warriors, many things went wrong, their defense faltered, and the Sixers exploded offensively to gain a 72-71 lead. At the end of the quarter, it was a 82-81 Sixers lead.
Entering the final 12 minutes of play, the Warriors needed to have a good quarter to win: unfortunately, however, all shooting went cold and the Sixers, who average 90 points per game, continued to surge offensively.
After switching the lead a couple times, the game was tied 89-89 with 6 minutes left to play. From then on, it was all 76ers. Behind some tough shots from Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, the 76ers were able to put away the Warriors easily.