Golden State’s 11 game win-streak came to an unfortunate end against the Philadelphia 76ers in a 113-104 loss.
The Warriors’ offense, which has been a force to be reckoned with over the month of January, scoring 125 points per 100 possessions per Second Spectrum, finally ran into an immovable object in Philly’s defense.
Despite holding the lead at the half, the Warriors found themselves down going into the fourth quarter, and could never put together a run in the final frame to retake the lead.
The Lone Splash Brother
The Warriors as a team, averaged the second most 3-pointers for the past month. But with Klay Thompson out for rest, the team struggled to find any success from behind the arc.
Besides Stephen Curry, who splashed ten times from deep — a pedestrian amount by his standards no less — no one else on the team hit a single shot from distance until the fourth quarter when Kevin Durant finally knocked one down.
Outside of Curry, the team combined to go 1-for-28 from downtown, which would be a recipe for disaster against any opponent. Credit the 76ers for playing some stifling defense, especially towards the end of the game. But there were a number of open shots missed by the Warriors that could have changed the outcome of the game.
A Taste of Our Own Medicine
Normally the Warriors enjoy thrashing their opponents coming out of halftime to run away with games. This time around however, they found themselves on the receiving end, as Philadelphia outscored them 42-26 in the third quarter.
Those forty-two points were the most allowed in a quarter by the Warriors for the season and turned what looked like a game in their control, into a fight they’d have to battle from behind.
When the 76ers went on their run, turnovers and a lack of ball movement disrupted the general flow the Warriors had found success with in the first half — a flow they never seemed to find past the final buzzer.
Embiid Too Big
DeMarcus Cousins had some success early on in the game against Joel Embiid. He picked his pocket on a handful of defensive possessions and was the leading assist man for the Warriors through the first half.
But as the game wore on, Cousins’ conditioning came into play, which resulted in Embiid finding some success attacking the big man off the dribble.
Kevon Looney, as good as he was tonight — including the beautiful put-back shown below — was taken advantage of by Embiid. And despite some solid defense against the larger man, Looney just didn’t have the size to effectively stop him from gobbling up offensive rebounds and getting to the charity stripe.
FINAL: 76ers 113, Warriors 104 pic.twitter.com/5sDs9OGljd— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) February 1, 2019
The Warriors will have the chance to bounce back against a Lakers team who just got LeBron James back on Saturday.