Going against a redoubtable opponent last night (41W/9L), Philadelphia looked very good. The 76ers were eye-to-eye with Golden State before falling short 84-89. In the first half the two teams neutralized themselves. Philadelphia started the game off of a good first quarter won 24-20, before seeing Golden State’s reaction in the 2nd quarter to win 26-20. At the half the scoreboard is close, 46-44 for the visitors. Robert Covington is efficient (21 points at 7/15, 8 defensive rebounds, 1 assist), while Luc Mbah a Moute continues to show some good stuff falling 1 digit short to a double-double (13 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist).
The game will definitely get overbalanced in the second half to the Warriors advantage who hold the Sixers down in the 3rd quarter 21-17. 76ers are turning the ball over too much (27 to 14) while the Warriors’s efficiency is better at rebounding (52 vs 40). With a 6 point-lead and 10 minutes remaining on the clock, the Warriors aggravate the score with a 16-2. Never down, Philadelphia comes back and it’s its turn to give a 12-0 run to see Luc and co close out Warriors lead down to 6 points. Iguodala first, then Curry secure the Warriors to 10 points. Philadelphia’s effort (23-22 in the 4th quarter) won’t be enough to come back and win the game.
It may be a little frustration at the end but the Sixers have nothing to be ashamed of in this loss.