The Warriors have been here so many times that it’s a big part of their script. The inevitability of it all does not detract from how remarkable their comebacks are.
As they fell into a 19-point deficit for the Philadelphia 76ers in the second quarter, the Warriors knew the adjustments they needed to make: tighten the grip on defense, get easy buckets in the transition, and put the game out of reach.
Led by Andrew Wiggins and Juan Toscano-Anderson’s infectious energy and defense, the Warriors took the lead in the third quarter, rolling to a 116-96 victory over Chase.
Here are a few observations from the fifth win in a row and the 12th in the last 13 games for the Warriors (16-2):
Caught in slipping
The Sixers outscored the Warriors in the first quarter with a 20-4 run. This race was due more to what Golden State failed to do than what Philadelphia did. Defensively, the Warriors were out of sync. Rotations were missed. The Sixers got everything they wanted out of an inefficient zone. And not to mention excessive fouling. Draymond Green had to sit for the pockets in the first half due to his four errors. In Green’s absence, not only did the defense suffer; the offense sputtered without his play.
If the lack of attention to detail in the defense was not bad enough, the 11 turnovers in the first half made things worse. For a delivery-heavy team like the Warriors, revenue is often a by-product of their playing style. However, the unforced turnovers are unacceptable due to being ignorant and sluggish.
Pace To Pace
The Sixers are among the league’s worst in pace. Since the absence of Joel Embid, it has forced them to play small, which in turn made them play faster. Philadelphia had the pace, energy and momentum of the first half due to playing faster. The Warriors began to match that energy late in the second quarter, while the Sixers dropped to the point where they let a 19-point lead evaporate to nine at the break. Which leads to…..
A classic third quarter
It did not take the Warriors long in the third quarter to take the lead. The Warriors locked themselves in the defense and created in typical Warriors manner easy curves in the transition from their stop. For head coach Steve Kerr, the defense is the foundation of those blitzes in the third quarter.
“We got amazing performances from the bench by Gary and Juan – two of our better defenders,” Kerr said, connecting Gary Payton Jr. and Toscano-Anderson. “And the defense leads to the attack. The ball started moving because we were in the transition and so it was a beautiful second half.”
“It’s our identity,” Steph Curry said. “We try to keep proving it. Trust it every night … We can score with the best of them, but when we switched contacts and got stopped, and made them take hard shots, especially in the second half, and turning it into an attack, unlocked it for us. ”
The Sixers, in their honor, did a great job of sustaining themselves and remained competitive despite the Warriors’ run. But after surpassing the Sixers 34-23 in the third quarter, the Warriors held Philly to 12 points in the fourth.
An increase in the fourth
The Warriors kept the same momentum from their most recent binge in the third quarter into the fourth quarter as they ran a 15-3 run in the middle of the fourth to eventually pull away. Toscano-Anderson was the catalyst behind the late wave of fighting. The hug Kerr gave Toscano-Anderson at the last horn was meaningful.
“Juan, a week ago was out of rotation,” Kerr said. “And it’s just as great as a coach to know that you can always count on a player like Juan. You can start him. He can be your eighth man. He can be your 12th man, but you always know what you are. sheep.
“Players love to play with him. Coaches love to have him out on the floor because of his energy; because of his brain. He just got a good feeling; great competitive spirit. I think last year, I talked a lot about “that he’s a lot like Draymond (Green) in that respect. So he just stuck to it. I’m really proud of him as he stuck to it after we left him a couple of fights.”
Stef 25 – Seth 24
No matter how hard Seth Curry tries, he can not escape Stephen Curry’s shadow.
It also does not appear that he can beat him.
In this latest episode of Curry Vs. Curry gave Seth Steph everything he had individually, surpassing Steph for most of the game until the rise in the second half.
Steph finished the match with 25 points on 9-of-16 from the field. His six three-pointers brought him within 50 of Ray Allen to No. 1 on the all-time list. At his current pace – 5.4 per. fight – Curry would pass Allen on Dec. 14 at Madison Square Garden.
For the Sixers, Seth scored a hold-high 24 points on 50 percent shooting from the field.
According to ESPN, Seth has never surpassed Steph in head-to-head matches since they have been in the league. That streak is still standing.
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