In a salivating matchup between the best and the worst team in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors demolished the Philadelphia 76ers 126-86 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.
Marreese Speights had 23 points and four blocks and Leandro Barbosa scored 17 points to lead Golden State (25-5) to its largest victory of the season. The Warriors shot 56.1 percent and compiled a season-high 38 assists on 46 field goals to win their 10th straight at home.
The game, as expected, got out of hand early that Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green had to play only the first three quarters. Thompson scored 14 points and Curry had 13 points, nine assists and three steals. Green finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
Henry Sims led Philadelphia (4-26) with 19 points and seven rebounds. Robert Covington posted 10 points and nine rebounds, Malcolm Thomas had 10 points and eight rebounds and Tony Wroten scored 10 points for the Sixers, who shot just 38.4 percent and committed a season-high-tying 28 turnovers.
The Warriors have won two straight and remain a half-game in front of the Portland Trail Blazers for the best record. The Sixers have lost three straight and own the worst record by a game over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Golden State was sloppy to start the game. In the opening five possessions, the Warriors missed shots on the first three and turned the ball over on the last two. The sloppiness allowed Philadelphia to score the game’s first six points.
The Sixers’ hope for an epic upset ended quickly. The Warriors were quick to stop the carelessness and responded with the next 11 points. Thompson scored nine points and Speights added two assists. Golden State started to click on all cylinders and it was game over for Philadelphia. The lead was 15 at the end of the first quarter, 27 at halftime and ballooned to as many as 47 in the fourth.
This marks the second straight season where Golden State has beaten Philadelphia at home by at least 40 points. Last Feb, 10, the Warriors beat the Sixers 123-80.
Notes: Speights is averaging 27.5 points on 21 of 28 shooting in his last two home games against the Sixers, who drafted him with the 16th pick in the 2008 draft. Green posted his six double-double of the season. He had four prior to this season. The Warriors scored a season-high 43 points off Philadelphia’s 28 turnovers. Golden State had a season-high 19 steals and posted at least 17 steals in back-to-back games for the first time since January 1975. The Warriors finished the calendar year of 2014 with a franchise-record 56 regular-season wins.
Upcoming: The Warriors continue their six-game homestand on Friday when the Toronto Raptors visit Oracle on Friday. The Raptors are 24-8 and lead the Eastern Conference by a half-game over the Atlanta Hawks.