If you watched this game, the end score isn’t important. Stephen Curry fell to the ground in the first two minutes of the game, and the collective Golden State Warriors’ community held their breath.
Curry limped to the bench with what appeared to be a thigh contusion; the same injury that benched Kevin Durant during Wednesday’s game. Thankfully, Curry reappeared just a few minutes later, and, despite a few grimaces, looked great the rest of the way. He even made some exciting Golden State history!
Steph Curry becomes the 2nd Warriors player with more than 4,000 career assists - Congrats Steph!— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 12, 2017
For the first half, the two teams traded baskets in what was a high-energy affair. The Dubs led by four points at the end of the first, and just one at halftime.
Then, as it so reliably does, the third quarter came, and the Warriors, as they so reliably do, were prepared. It was a group effort in the third, a quarter in which Golden State outscored the young, exciting Sixers by 15 points.
The offense fired on all cylinders in the third, to the tune of 36 points. When all was said and done, the Dubs’ electric scorers all did their parts. Durant had 29 points on 11-16 shooting, including 3-6 from deep. Klay Thompson had 23, and Curry 22, with the former hitting 4-6 triples, and the latter 3-8.
And Nick Young helped the Dubs put the game away, hitting all five of his shots - including a trio of triples - en route to 13 points. And he looked awesome doing so:
Kevon Looney also played a critical role in the second-half success, and threw in a few highlights in the process.
Back to back Looney blocks to Swaggy 3's!! Keovn Looney more hyped up than the energizer bunny pic.twitter.com/hSS2JnEhF4— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 12, 2017
It was the first time that the Warriors faced young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and Steve Kerr and Co. were ready for the challenge. Philly’s two centerpieces combined for just 25 points, on 10-28 shooting. They showed why they will earn multiple All-Star bids in their respective careers, but Golden State did a great job slowing them down.
Finally, James Michael McAdoo returned to the Bay, and was awarded his championship ring for his role on last year’s team. It was a great moment, and Oracle Arena gave him a much-deserved ovation.
Welcome back James Michael McAdoo! You've got a ring waiting for you! pic.twitter.com/BkSCev8gEF— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 12, 2017
The Warriors have now won six in a row, all by at least 15 points, a franchise record. Watch out, NBA: they're clicking on all cylinders.
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