Not for the first time this season, the Golden State Warriors dug themselves out of a serious hole before running away with another comfortable home victory.
Less than a week after turning a 13-point deficit into a 15-point win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors again turned a double-digit deficit into a big win, this time against the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers.
The Golden State Warriors completed an impressive 39-point turnaround against the 76ers, notching their 16th win of the season.
Minus superstar Joel Embiid, starting forward Tobias Harris, and of course, Ben Simmons, the 76ers jumped out of the blocks against a Warrior outfit looking for their fifth consecutive victory. In a showdown of the Curry brothers, it was the younger Seth who got Philadelphia off to a hot start with 10 first-quarter points.
When Tyrese Maxey began to heat up in the second, things looked ominous for a Warrior unit whose own offense lacked its usual spark and potency.
The 76ers lead ballooned to 19 with four minutes to play in the first half, Warrior issues compounded by Draymond Green’s fourth foul. After trailing 61-46 with 30 seconds to play, Otto Porter Jr. hit a wing three, followed by an incredible half court buzzer beater from Jordan Poole.
With the margin reduced to single figures and the crowd buoyed by Poole’s heroics on the halftime buzzer, Golden State set about producing another one of their third quarter surges.
It took just over four minutes for them to regain the lead, their first since the opening minutes of the ball game.