When Andre Iguodala made his first return visit to Philadelphia after being traded to the Denver Nuggets last season, he struggled mightily, admitted after his team's loss that he "was trying a little too hard" to "destroy" his former employer, the Philadelphia 76ers. What a difference a year makes — not only is Iguodala now wearing the road blue of the Golden State Warriors, but when he visited Philly on Monday night, everything was working for him in the first half.
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Not only was he getting past the Sixers' defense off missed shots to trigger fast-break opportunities like this long-range alley-oop pass from Stephen Curry:
... and not only was he able to make eyes-in-the-back-of-his-head feeds like this clever behind-the-back redirection from the corner to hit David Lee for a deuce:
... to which he responded with an appropriate amount of self-awe (as captured by SB Nation's Mike Prada):
'Kind of can't believe I just did that.' (Screencap via @MikePradaSBN)
... but he also went a shocking 6 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half — shocking because Iguodala is a 32.9 percent 3-point shooter who, as Enrico Campitelli Jr. of The 700 Level noted, made six 3s in a game just once in eight seasons as a 76er — and 9 for 15 overall for a game-high 27 points to pace the visiting Warriors to a 66-42 halftime lead and put the 3-0 Sixers in danger of their first loss of the season. Twenty-seven points is a career halftime high for Iguodala, and is only seven points off his full-game career-best.
After 650 total games as a Sixer, Iguodala's finally having the homecoming performance he'd hoped for; it took him a year, but I'm sure he's feeling like it was worth the wait.
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