Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Warriors top 76ers 110-95, winners of three in a row

The Warriors are winners of three games in a row after beating the 76ers Dec. 27 at Oracle. The 76ers were without Andre Iguadala and the Warriors were without Andris Biedrins.

Summery

The Warriors controlled the first five minutes of the game and went up 16-4. Philly controlled the rest of the first quarter thanks to a 16-2 run. The Warriors shot the ball well and created turnovers, but the 76ers bullied their way to the free throw line and found points in the paint.

In the second quarter, the Warriors looked sloppy with the ball and got out-worked. They were able to stay in the game with outstanding three point shooting. With 2:26 in the second, Curry stole a post pass and sent along outlet pass to Rodney Carney. Carney missed the dunk, but Lee jammed home the miss to put the Warriors up 46-45 (It would be 47-45 after a Rodney Carney shot was ruled a three pointer).

At the half, the Warriors had 18 points off turnovers to Philly's mere 2. The Warriors were 9-13 from three point range.

The Warriors started the third quarter leading 55-49, but looked sluggish. They ran several offensive possessions through Lou Amundson. Lou is a nice player, but he is at his best without the ball, cleaning up the glass. Dorell Wright's shooting and Elton Brand's rebounding led each team in the third quarter.

When the fourth quarter came, the Warriors put the game away early...with Monta Ellis resting! The Warriors striped the ball from three point range. Wright, Curry, Radmanovic, and reliable David Lee ran away with this game during the first six minutes of the fourth.

Breakdown

This was the most balanced the Warriors have looked since November. When Dorell Wright scores 20 points or more, the Warriors have a great chance to win. he scored 28 points and went 5-7 from three point range. Also, he got to the line on some crafty pump fakes when the Warriors really needed to get to the line.

David Lee went for 21 points and 16 rebounds. It's good to see the rebounding numbers get back to what he is capable.

Lee also looks comfortable with his shooting, a good sign his elbow is getting better.

Monta Ellis scored 22 points, below his 26 PPG, but he dished 12 assists.

After poor shooting in his first game back, Curry found his stroke and put in 17 points with 4-6 from three point range. It's nice to see Curry back, but it seems that Reggie Williams has struggled to find his rhythm with less minutes. Hopefully Reggie can get back to his December form when he led the NBA in three point shooting percentage.

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