This game was truly divided into two halves. The Warriors had an amazing first half, scoring 73 points on 65% shooting on 26 assists. The offensive machine was at full throttle, and the Sixers looked like they had no chance.
Then, the second half wasted it all away. With the Dubs up nineteen at the half, the team lost its entire focus: they turned the ball over, missed point-blank shots, and played lackluster defense. Once garbage time became suspiciously close with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Steve Kerr inserted the starters back to right the ship. They didn't.
The Warriors played like they knew they would clutch it out in the end. But they must have been embarrassed when the Sixers tied the game at 105 with 22 seconds left. On the final play of the game, Stephen Curry passed it to Draymond Green out of a double-team, who found Harrison Barnes wide open in the corner for the game-winning three. If the Warriors had lost to the Sixers, neither the team nor its fans would ever hear the end of it.
The Warriors play tomorrow against the Knicks as their road trip continues. They might not be as well rested as they would've hoped, but they're surely more aware of the importance of consistent focus and energy.
Are you serious!? 76ers just tied the game against Warriors with 22 seconds left!— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 31, 2016
The contract shot— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) January 31, 2016
Golden State hit 1-of-2 (.500) from the free throw line, setting new franchise-lows for free throws made and attempted in a game.— GSWStats (@gswstats) January 31, 2016
Steph Curry Blocks JaKarr Sampson https://t.co/7Z8AFBaXSu— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 30, 2016
- 2 free throws and 23 turnovers (19 combined from Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green) is ridiculous.
- The Meek Mill vs. Drake feud now deeply involves the Warriors. Drake shouted out Draymond Green and the Warriors in his newest track released today, and Meek Mill had some odd behavior courtside today:
Meek Mill standing and laughing right next to Warriors bench/huddle. No player looked pleased with him. To put it nicely.— Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (@ROSGO21) January 31, 2016
Barnes hits go ahead 3. ...Meek Mill now leaving arena w/ .4 seconds left. So much for that.— Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (@ROSGO21) January 31, 2016
- Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel look good. It's difficult to play them together, but they have some talent in Philly. Ish Smith is decent, I guess. Joel Embiid could be good.
- Andre Iguodala had today's game off for rest. He'll be playing tomorrow, according to coach Kerr. Kevon Looney, Festus Ezeli, and James Michael McAdoo were not active today.