The Sixers kept Stephen Curry away from Ray Allen’s career three-point record and beat the awesome Warriors Saturday night in Philadelphia.
Curry, who needed 10 three-pointers to enter the game to break Allen’s record, scored 18 on a 6-for-20 shot from the ground. It was a 3-for-14 out of a three-point range in Golden State’s 102-93 loss at Wells Fargo Center. The Warriors are now 21-5, and the Sixers 15-12.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Next on the Sixers is Monday’s game in Memphis against the Grizzlies. Here are notes on their victory over the Warriors:
Thybulle is excellent on curry
Matisse Thybulle started at Danny Green’s place as the Sixers decided to use Curry’s best Ocean Defender from the opening end.
The downside to this decision for the Sixers is that it has enabled the Warriors to put Curry on the Sixers’ worst offensive player and they don’t have to spend a lot of defensive energy.
However, the two-time player was not at his best to start the match, missing his first four field goals. Give Thibault plenty of credit for playing a stubborn chest-to-chest defense off the ball. No player can completely shut down Curry, but Thybulle is as good as she is in terms of defensive talent. The 24-year-old blocked a three-point attempt early in the second half and another at the start of the third. Curry didn’t convert the long-distance jump until 1:45 before the break.
As a team, Golden State started the game 2 for 15 from a three-point range and finished the night 12 for 48. The Sixers were happy to force Curry to give up the ball and make the other Warriors take semi-contested shots.
Unfortunately for The Sixers, Thybulle couldn’t avoid outrageous trouble. He was called up for his third character with 2:26 left in the first half and Curry pounced on the opener against Therese Maxi, scoring eight points before the break.
Curry’s constant movement and abundance of skills make him extremely difficult to guard, but Thibault emphasized that he didn’t come close to an evening of history making with a formidable defense throughout the match.
An impressive seat on a challenging night for Embiid
Embiid 1 for 8 started from the floor. He seemed annoyed by the right-sided abdominal pain he first felt Thursday in front of the jazz team, as he grabbed the net during one stop to extend the affected area.
For the second match in a row, Embiid was upset with the referee. After drawing a foul on Kevin Looney inside with 4:14 remaining in the second quarter, he made a technical foul, apparently due to swinging his arm in Looney’s direction. harsh call.
Free throws were one of the few things that worked for Embiid early on against high-level physical defense by Looney and Draymond Green. He went 11 for 11 at the offense line.
Andre Drummond was a huge plus for the Sixers in his minutes against Nemanja Bjelica, as he bounced back from a poor showing on Thursday.
Drummond scored a punch from an offensive rebound, went down an alley, and found Danny Green to throw the ball after a bluff cut off the veteran winger along the baseline. He’s also done a decent job covering ball screens that includes Curry and seemed reasonably comfortable guarding away from the paint. The Sixers’ bench played well overall and lifted the team to a 10-point lead in the second quarter.
Both Drummond and Unit Two were excellent in the second half as well. The Sixers wiped out a 13-point deficit thanks to the bench. Three pointers from Vorkan Korkmaz’s Thybulle corner kick and kick lead to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr calling a timeout with 9:44 left in the game.
Embiid and The Sixers got a break when Draymond Green was called up for his fourth foul with 8:27 left in the third period for an illegal screen on Thybulle. The champ objected three times, believing that Thybulle had stabbed officials in the wrong call, but Kerr’s challenge was unsuccessful.
Embiid benefited from Green’s departure but did not significantly alter the match in favor of the Sixers. Looney was solid and clever, and Golden State had occasional success against the Embiid.
The big man was persistent, making an important leap with 5:04 left to put the Sixers ahead 89-83. His layup and one with 2:14 left excited the crowd and expanded the Sixers’ advantage to 96-86. And when the warriors turned to defend the area along the expanse, Embiid tore him apart with a false jump.
Great plays of maxi early and late
If there were any odds on the first player to hit two out of three throws in the game, Maxi would have been number one on the list.
But he hit two hat-tricks in the first three minutes and 15 seconds. It’s good for the Sixers to see Maxey take the jump when it’s open, and also to drop them again after a five-game span in which he was only 29.2 percent from the ground.
Maxi played well on his first out of a three-point shootout as well. He made a smart “extra” pass to Danny Green for a third corner and pulled two free throws by sprinting before the set on a fast break.
Maxi’s early charm soon faded. After the aforementioned rush from Curry late in the second period, he was dumped by Maxi’s jump at the start of the third. He missed a few three-pointers that the Sixers could have used to thwart (or at least delay) the Warriors’ usual third-quarter punch.
The shots weren’t bad for Maxi to try, but obviously suboptimal it felt as though the Sixers were somewhat reliant on shooting when the rookies were on the court. Compared to the average contender for the championship, the team lacks firepower.
The Sixers’ half-court offense was often not smooth and many possessions dwindled until the last seconds of the shot clock. Seth Curry had a relatively quiet night with 10 points. Tobias Harris managed 16.
Meanwhile, Stephen Curry got a great deal of help with scoring from Jordan Paul and Andrew Wiggins. The consecutive triple from Paul (23 points) gave Golden State a 69-56 lead. Wiggins scored 20 points.
Acrobatic, “How the heck did he do that?” Maxey’s layup was massive, extending the Sixers’ edge to 91-83 with 4:37 left. He came in with the clutch block about two minutes later, jumping high to shoot a quick-breaking bull ball.
The Sixers ultimately won this match because of their defense, timely strikes, and 30-16 advantage in scoring on the bench. Without a doubt, it’s their best victory so far this season.
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