Making his return to Philadelphia, former Sixer Andre Iguodala led his Golden State Warriors to a dominating 110-90 win over the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.
Iguodala, who signed with the Warriors as a free agent this offseason, was part of the blockbuster four team trade that sent the All-Star to the Denver Nuggets and netted the Sixers Andrew Bynum last year. The trailed failed miserably for the 76ers, but tonight, Iguodala gave fans another reason to hate the trade even more.
The 29-year old swingman scored 32 points in the game, 27 of which came in the first half alone. Known more for his perimeter defense, Iggy went 11/18 from the field and hit a career high seven three pointers. Everything seemed to fall for him tonight as he put on an offensive showing for the fans who cheered him on for the first eight years of his career.
Steph Curry played only three quarters of this game, but that was plenty of time for the sharp shooting point guard to rack up his second career triple double. Curry scored 18 points to go along with twelve assists and ten rebounds. David Lee and Klay Thompson combined to add 33 points for the Warriors who put this game out of reach early.
The Sixers failed to do much of anything tonight on the basketball court. After taking an early 12-10 in the first quarter, the Warriors went on an 18-0 to take a 28-12 lead over the Sixers. Defensively, the Sixers were unable to stop the Warriors from getting whatever shots they wanted. The Warriors made fifteen three pointers and shot 45% from the field.
Heading into the second quarter, the 76ers went on a mini run led by Evan Turner to cut into the Warriors lead. The team managed to cut the lead to just ten before Golden State took off on another unstoppable 18-3 run. During this stretch, the Sixers went over six minutes without making a field goal until Thaddeus Young made a lay up with 1:31 left in the quarter. When the halftime buzzer sounded, the Sixers found themselves entering the locker room down by 24.
The second half continued to be all about the Warriors as Curry came out firing on all cylinders in the third. The Splash Brothers, Curry and Thompson, continued to make open shots and burry the Sixers further on the scoreboard. Golden State led by thirty-three before taking out their starters and playing their reserves.
Evan Turner led the Sixers in scoring for the fourth consecutive game with eighteen points. He continued his hot shooting going 7/12 from the field and collecting seven rebounds. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who today was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, struggled to find his shot tonight. He finished with 18 points but made only 4 of his 17 shots. Tony Wroten chipped in 14 points off the bench.
Taking care of the ball was a major problem for the Sixers tonight. The Warriors forced 24 Sixer turnovers and had 35 fast break points off the turnovers. Ball security has been a recurring problem for this team early on in the season.
Offensively, this was by far the worst game for the 76ers. The team failed to score 100 points for the first time this season. The Sixers took 88 shots during the game, making only 33 of them for a 35% field goal percentage. They also missed fourteen free throws.
With the loss, the Sixers fall to 3-1 on the year. After an off day on Tuesday, the Sixers will face the Washington Wizards for the second time in five games.