It took three games for the entire offseason script about the Philadelphia 76ers to flip. Before their three game winning streak to open the year, everyone thought they were tanking, many thought they were going to win less than 10 games and set the record for fewest wins in a season. Well, after Monday night dreadful performance against the Golden State Warriors, the 76ers looked like the 10 win team many experts expected them to be.
Former Philadelphia 76er Andre Iguodala played a major role for his new team on Monday evening. Iguodala had 32 points and made a career high seven three pointers. Iguodala had 27 points in the first half, one more point than he had in his prior three games combined.
Stephen Curry one-upped his Saturday night double-double against the Kings with his second career triple-double Monday night. Curry scored 18 points, to go along with 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
But even more impressive than his 18 point, 12 assist, 10 rebound line is his zero turnovers. Monday afternoon Coach Mark Jackson publically called out his star point guard, “ He understands he has to be better. He understands that if we are going to achieve our vision, he’s got to take care of the basketball.”
On Monday night, Curry did just that played his best game of the season against the reigning Eastern Conference player of the week Michael Carter-Williams. Williams was able to score 18 points but need 17 shots to do so. Thanks to Klay Thompson’s stifling defense Williams shot a mere 23 percent and had six turnovers.
At one point in the third quarter, the Warriors extended their lead to 39 points thanks to 11 points from Curry and multiple Andre Iguodala threes.
Much like against the Kings, the fourth quarter was true garbage time. The Dubs scored a mere 12 points in the fourth quarter but it didn’t matter as the game was over by the time the fourth frame began.
Harrison Barnes did participate in a full shootaround Monday morning but did not take the floor against Philadelphia. Backup center Jermaine O’Neal was in the lineup after missing Saturday’s game and played 12 minutes collecting four rebounds.