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Recap: In a tale of two halves, the Warriors beat the Sixers in the ugliest way possible

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In the first half, the Warriors displayed a clinic in passing, chemistry, and shooting, outclassing the Sixers in all facets of the game. In the second half, the Warriors played lazy, careless, and apathetic, giving up their entire lead. Thanks to a game-winning three from Harrison Barnes, the Dubs ended up pulling it out to the final score of 108-105, leaving everybody with a terrible taste in their mouth.

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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.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Takes

The Clips

Closing Thoughts

  • 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:

  • 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.