It’s times like this where you need to feel sorry for a team such as the Philadelphia 76ers. After a demoralizing 45-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Golden State Warriors crushed the Sixers on the back end of a back-to-back, ousting them by a similarly whopping score of 123-80.
As for the Warriors’ point of view, they played tremendous defense, and got some excellent play from their bench as well as their starting unit. Mo Speights was the story of the game, finishing with a career-best 32 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, 12-for-15 from the field, all in just 26 minutes. Stephen Curry scored 23 points on 7-for-11 from the field and 6-for-9 from the 3-point line. They forced 15 turnovers and got 13 blocks without Andrew Bogut. Klay Thompson scored six points on 2-of-9 shooting, but when your team is winning by that much, it just didn’t matter.
At least, for the Sixers’ sake, Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points.
In the first quarter, the Sixers showed signs of life, only trailing the Dubs by eight at 29-21. The Warriors were making most of their shots and playing terrific defense.
It all went wrong for Philly in the second quarter, however. The Warriors finished the half on a 32-6 run, making every shot and not allowing a many baskets for the Sixers. Curry was making 3-pointers and everything seemed to be bouncing in the Warriors’ direction. At the half, they had their largest halftime lead of the season so far at 66-33.
History (from last night), and from the 93-94 season was basically repeating itself, as the Sixers found themselves down by almost 50 points in Oracle Arena Monday night. The This looked like a video game because the Warriors could do nothing wrong, and again, were getting great production from all of their players, leading 100-54 with 11 minutes left in the fourth. Yes, you read that correctly.
Only team I have losing by 45+ in back-to-back games is 93-94 Philadelphia 76ers. Lost by 48 at NYK on April 21 and by 45 at IND next night
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) February 11, 2014
Don’t give all the credit to the Warriors, however. They played a great game, yes, but the Sixers are tired and rebuilding with some very young players on their roster. They haven’t had a lot of luck in the past couple of games, but their future is bright. Maybe the next time they come to Oracle, this might actually be a 10-point game or less.
Lately, the Warriors have been on the receiving end of a nasty blowout, but Monday night, they must have felt good to be the victors. They now have one more game before the All-Star break: The Miami Heat.
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