Marreese Speights came off the bench and finished with 32 points and recorded 8 rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors easily get by the Philadelphia 76ers, 123-80. The Warriors had an impressive game shooting the ball from the field in this one, going 43-88 (48.9%). Golden State (31-21) picked up the win after falling to Phoenix Suns on Saturday.
Speights went 12-15 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line, in an efficient offensive performance. Other top performers for Golden State were Stephen Curry with 23 points and 8 assists, David Lee with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Andre Iguodala with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Despite the loss, Michael Carter-Williams put up 24 points for Philadelphia on 8-18 shooting (1-3 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-10 from the free throw line.
As expected, the 76ers offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Warriors defense that ranks second-best in the league at forcing misses (47.5% opponents' eFG%). After finishing with an eFG% of 37.8% in this game, they rank 26th in the NBA in that metric at 47.3% this season. The Warriors combined an eFG% of 55.7% with 41.4% 3-point shooting. They are 10-3 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The 76ers, on the other hand, are 1-9 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Philadelphia (15-38) has now dropped their last seven in a row.
Coming up, the Warriors battle the Miami Heat, who are 35-14 on the season. The 76ers go up against the Utah Jazz, currently sitting at 17-33 this year. The Warriors are 1-0 versus Miami this season.