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The First Season: Game 10

December 7, 1946

Back on the road following their convincing win over the division leading New York Knicks, the Philadelphia Warriors found themselves in St Louis to face the West leading Bombers. At 11-3 the Bombers were tied with the Knicks for the best record in the league. Winners of three in a row, the Bombers were led by top scorer, Johnny Logan. In their previous meeting the Warriors held a 10-point lead at halftime, only to succumb in the end, 66-63. The Warriors, at 5-4, hoped to build on their own modest winning streak of two games, led by the Murray State shooting marvel, Joe Fulks.

The game at the St Louis Arena, watched by a crowd of 4,558, was most notable for the slippery floor underfoot. Similar to a contest five games ago in Philadelphia against the Celtics, condensation from the underlying hockey ice formed on the court and caused no end of trouble for the players. The St Louis people had, in fact, spent $4000 on an insulation cover to combat the problem but, for whatever reason, had chosen not to use it on this night.

Regardless, the Warriors dominated the Bombers throughout, particularly on defense, holding St Louis to a mere 17 percent shooting from the field, while sinking better than 28 percent of their own. Musi and Fulks led the charge which found Philadelphia up by 5 at the end of the first quarter, 13 at the half, and 15 by the end of the third. Bomber fans showed their frustration in the second period by pelting referee Pat Kennedy with fruit and "other debris" after a disputed call and the game had to be stopped while the mess was cleaned up.

All was not light and easy, though, for the visitors. During the third period, Fulks slipped on a wet spot and hit the deck. Unable to leave under his own power, he was carried off the court with an injured leg. Perhaps because of the loss of Fulks, the Bombers were able to mount something of a fourth quarter comeback, but could only reduce the final margin to ten to close out a 57-47 Warrior win.

After the game, coach Gottlieb said Fulks was doubtful for the game the following night in Cleveland against the Rebels. Even so, Fulks managed to lead all scorers with 18, followed by Logan with 17, and Musi with 16. Having beaten both division leaders in successive games, the Warriors were now at 6-4, but still 3.5 games back of the Knicks who had won their own game, 90-65, over Boston. The Bombers fell to 11-4, two games up on the Stags in the West.

Box

December 7, 1946
St Louis Arena
St Louis, Missouri
Attendance 4,558

Warriors 57, Bombers 47

Philadelphia 6 11 13 17 -47
St Louis 11 19 15 12 -57

Philadelphia scoring

Joe Fulks 18p
Angelo Musi 16p
Art Hillhouse 7p
Howie Dallmar 6p
Jerry Rullo 5p
George Senesky 5p
Jerry Fleishman
Matt Guokas
John Murphy
Pete Rosenberg

St Louis scoring

Johnny Logan 17p
Cecil Hankins 8p
Aubrey Davis 4p
Giff Roux 4p
Don Martin 3p
Bob Doll 3p
Don Putman 3p
Deb Smith 3p
Herschel Baltimore 2p
John Barr
Fred Jacobs
George Munroe

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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