Stephen Curry Wills Warriors into Win Over 76ers With 49-Point Night
Curry Finishes With 49 Points on 10 Splashes, Looney Notches Career-High 15 Rebounds
The Warriors were in a tightly contested matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers entering the final four minutes of Monday’s game, but then Stephen Curry ignited to lift the Warriors over the top team in the Eastern Conference for a 107-96 road win.
Curry already had scored 29 points through three quarters, but the two-time MVP went off in the final seven minutes of the game to the tune of 20 more, giving him 49 points by the final buzzer.
|Curry - 49||Looney - 15||Green - 6|
|Wiggins - 16||Wiggins - 10||Curry - 5|
|Lee - 12||Green / Lee - 6||Wiggins - 2|
|Embiid - 28||Embiid - 13||Embiid - 8|
|Curry - 15||Howard - 10||Curry - 5|
|Thybulle - 13||Green / Thybulle - 7||Howard / Milton - 3|
The effort was not on Curry alone though. The Warriors played strong defense to lock the 76ers down to just six points through the final four minutes, while awareness on offense opened scoring opportunities for the Dubs’ guard.
The eruption in the final four minutes started with a deep three from the top of the key. Curry used a solid screen from Draymond Green to lose defender Tyrese Maxey before calmly striping the shot to give the Warriors a 91-90 lead.
Philadelphia came back down court and fed it to their own MVP candidate center Joel Embiid, who drew a foul and hit both of his free throws to give the 76ers the lead once again. But on the Warriors’ next possession, Curry got fouled and made his own two shots from the charity stripe to send the Dubs back up 93-92.
Looking for an opportunity to put the squad up by two possessions, Curry faced the very person he recently admitted was was on his toughest defenders, his brother Seth. But in a similar move as the previous 3-pointer, Kevon Looney came out to shed Seth with a screen as Steph dropped another trey. This one notched his 40th point of the game.
And soon thereafter, the Dubs turned defense into offense. Draymond Green got a steal off of a pass intended for Matisse Thybulle. As he brought the ball up past halfcourt three 76ers defenders converged on him, but that left a hustling Andrew Wiggins open as he ran to the lane. They connected, and the forward laid the shot up and in off the glass for a 98-92 lead.
Embiid has a chance to bring Philadelphia back into the game on their next possession. Embiid worked his way into the post against Looney, but Green came over to help on the double-team. The pressure forced Embiid into a travel, giving the Dubs possession and control with a six point lead and just over two minutes left in the game.
And then, another Curry three sealed the game.
Looney ended the night with five points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
Damion Lee fueled the Warriors early scoring with 10 points in the first half, ending with 12 on the night. Andrew Wiggins added 16 points on the night while doing most of his damage on the inside going 5-of-9 within the arc.
The win brought the Warriors up to 3-1 on their current road trip. They wrap up the season-long East Coast swing with a rematch with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday (4 p.m., NBCSBA). Following that, the Dubs return to Chase Center on Friday where they will welcome Dub Nation into the building for the first time in over a year against the Denver Nuggets. Buy tickets here and get to know the Fan Safety Guide.
More Notables ...
- Golden State improves to 3-1 on its current four-game road trip and 12-19 overall on the road this season… They have won five of their last six contests (home and away)… The Warriors have won seven of their last eight games played in Philadelphia… The teams split their season series with each team winning on the road.
- The Warriors improve to 6-0 on the season when holding their opponent under 100 points (3-0 on the road)… Golden State held Philadelphia to an opponent-season low 15 points in the third quarter (previous: 2/9 at SAS).
- Golden State improves to 12-3 when outrebound its opponent, grabbing 45 rebounds to Philadelphia’s 42.
- Stephen Curry scored 49 points, his eighth outing of 40-or-more points this season (has scored 40-plus in four of his last five games)… Curry recorded his 11th consecutive game with 30-plus points, the longest streak in NBA history by a player age 33-or-older (Elias Sports Bureau)… Over the span of his last 11 games, he is averaging 40.0 points (.541 FG, .497 3FG, .903 FT), 6.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game… He posted his 21st career game with 10-or-more threes and sixth-such game this season… Per Elias Sports Bureau, Curry has amassed 46 threes in the last five games, marking a new NBA record for the most three-pointers over a five-game span (breaking his old mark of 44)… He becomes the first player in NBA history to make 10-plus threes four times over a five game span… Curry tallied a career-high-tying 20 fourth-quarter points (done three times), marking the fifth time he has scored 20-plus points in a quarter this season and the 31st 20-point quarter of his career… He has recorded 20-or-more points in five-straight halves, a career-best streak.
- Kevon Looney’s 15 boards are the most in a single game by a Warrior this season (Draymond Green, 12 rebounds, twice). .
- Andrew Wiggins tallied his second double-double of the season (14th career), posting 16 points and 10 rebounds.
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