Notebook: Warriors 96, 76ers 89

Posted Dec 29, 2012 2:02 AM

By Geoff Lepper, for

THE FACTS: David Lee had 25 points and 12 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors withstood a frenzied second-half comeback to beat the Philadephia 76ers 96-89 Friday. The game was Lee's league-leading 13th this season with at least 20 points and 10 boards.

Warriors forward Carl Landry had 15 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double since Nov. 3, highlighting Golden State's 36-20 advantage in bench scoring.

Jrue Holiday had a team-high 21 points and 10 assists for Philadelphia, but shot just 7-for-19 for the evening, representative of the 76ers' 40.2 percent night from the floor. Thaddeus Young added 19 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four assists.

THE STAT: The Warriors improved to 20-10 on the season, making this the first time since 1980-81 that Golden State has reached the 20-win plateau before New Year's Day. That club was at 20-18 on Dec. 27, then went 19-25 the rest of the way.

QUOTABLE: "Before the 'We Believe' team? Wow. We're getting back into the Run-TMC stuff, huh? Was this back in the Cazzie Russell (era), in '72? We're really proud. We're just trying to make our own history here. The biggest thing is that our team is doing this together and we're continuing to get better and better. I don't think our best ball's even been played yet."
-- David Lee on reaching 20 wins this early

TURNING POINT: Lee showed his versatility in consecutive possessions midway through the fourth quarter, scoring each time with a spinning move from the left block -- once using his left hand over Young, the next going righty over Kwame Brown -- to blunt Philadelphia's fourth-quarter momentum. The buckets doubled what had been a precarious four-point lead and made it 88-80 Warriors with 5:04 remaining. After back-to-back turnovers by the 76ers, Lee popped a 17-foot step-back jumper in Brown's face to cap his burst.

QUOTABLE II: "All year long, he's been making plays in the fourth quarter and tonight, eight big points . . . Tonight, David was the best player on the floor." -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson

HOT: The Warriors stood the game on its head during the second quarter, featuring their 1-2 bench spark of Landry and Jarrett Jack. Golden State, which had been held to just five points during the first 4 minutes of the second period, put up 27 points the rest of the way. All told, the Jack-Landry combo had 19 of the Warriors' 32 points in the period -- or one more than Philadelphia could scrape up as a team.

QUOTABLE III: "I think we've got to stop worrying about the offensive end so much. . . . We play small already, as it is, so if we're not going to outquick people and use our strength on defense, we've got to try something. Because you can't worry about scoring all the time. You've got to go out and play some defense. It works. You've got to get the ball in order to score."
-- Kwame Brown

NOT: Nick Young played a key part in Philadelphia's comeback by scoring all 13 of his points in the second half. Of course, he also played a big role in digging the 76ers' hole, going 0-for-5 before intermission.

INSIDE THE ARENA: The 76ers were steamed midway through the second quarter when Dorell Wright's shoe came off his foot during live play -- and Jack picked it up and chucked it five rows deep into the stands beyond the baseline. Jack drained a 3-pointer while Wright played in one sock, and the Warriors added another four points to their lead while Wright waited for a replacement shoe from the locker room, since the laces on the initial shoe had snapped.

NOTABLE: Although officially listed as being available, 76ers guard Jason Richardson did not play for a second consecutive game due to a low back strain. Wright again started in Richardson's place. . . . Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes, who starred at Oracle Arena last year, was a bust Friday, with five fouls and two turnovers outweighing two points.

UP NEXT: For the 76ers, Saturday @ Portland, Tuesday @ L.A. Lakers, Wednesday @ Phoenix. For the Warriors, Saturday vs. Boston, Wednesday vs. L.A. Clippers, Saturday @ L.A. Clippers.