The Sixers looked unstoppable in the first half against the Warriors on Saturday night, taking a 22-point lead at the half. Their 74-point first half performance started with a 47-point first quarter that was the most point scored by a Warriors opponent in a single quarter since 1992.
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid were scintillating in the first half, showing how bright Philadelphia’s future is behind those two young stars, but the Warriors reminded them who the present of the NBA is with a 47-point third quarter of their own to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter.
As a team, Golden State shot an absurd 17-of-25 from the field in the third, ripping the Philadelphia defense to shreds. Steph Curry led the way for the Warriors’ comeback with 20 points in the third quarter, lighting it up from three, including a late step-back from well beyond the arc to put Golden State up eight.
Curry was also a facilitator, finding Draymond Green in transition with a slick bounce pass for a dunk during their furious comeback.
Another Green dunk, this time unassisted, was the exclamation point on the 47-point quarter.
As impressive as the Warriors offense was, its defense was equally as important to their comeback as they held the Sixers to 15 points on 31.8 percent shooting. Golden State held serve in the fourth quarter on the way to the 124-116 win to avoid back-to-back losses to start their east coast road trip.
The Sixers certainly had a lot of fun with their first half performance, as one would expect, but it seemed like the chirping and talking from Philly woke up the Warriors a bit and they came out in the second half locked in on both ends of the floor. The Warriors are still unstoppable when committed on both ends and hitting their three-point shots, and the Sixers learned that the hard way in the third quarter.