Giant night for Andre as Warriors crush Sixers

Posted: November 06, 2013

A FORMER FRIEND and teammate crashed what had been a three-game party for the 76ers. And when he was mercifully done, Andre Iguodala had poured himself 32 points, helped himself to a career-high seven three-pointers and took a 110-90 victory for him and his Golden State teammates.

On a team that is set with two of the game's premier sharpshooters in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, last night it was Iguodala who was draining long balls as if it was his specialty. Curry and Thompson weren't bad, either, as Curry collected a triple-double with 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, while Thompson made four three-pointers en route to 15 points. Those three combined for 13 of the Warriors' 15 three-pointers.

Most of the damage by Iguodala was done in the first half, when he collected 27 of his points and six of his threes. His accuracy rivaled that of Nick Foles' in the Eagles' win over Oakland. Iguodala was that good. And judging by the smile on his face in the locker room after the game, it felt good to come against the team that employed him for 8 years.

"It's no secret, you want to kill them," said Golden State coach Mark Jackson of Iguodala's desire to beat his old team. "You say all the right things beforehand, just in case it doesn't work out, but your mindset is to make a statement."

Iguodala did just that, though he downplayed the significance of it being against the Sixers.

"I don't think it was much going against Philly, the ball just went in the hole tonight," he said. "We have a really good group and our offense flows really well when we share the ball and we have two of the best shooters in the league, or of all time. It gives us really good spacing. Tonight I just got open because of those two guys and knocked down some shots. I got a good look or two and the confidence started flowing."

The Sixers never did get flowing. Unlike their previous three games, sloppiness ruled, offensive movement was limited, and there was that Iguodala guy.

"I think it gets deflating when you turn it over a lot and they run and they punish you with threes and they're skilled in open court," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "I think it gets deflating when that happens. You appreciate Andre coming back here and I'm sure he's excited coming back to Philadelphia to play. And play he did.

"We were careless with the ball. I give them credit. They are a very underrated defensive team. I learned that last year. They're noted for their offense and for their barrage of three-point threats and scorers, but they actually are a good defensive team, with all the pieces."

Those pieces limited the Sixers to just 35.2 percent shooting (31-for-88), including 5-for-25 from beyond the arc. Golden State forced 24 turnovers and held Michael Carter-Williams into 4-for-17 shooting with six turnovers, though he did share team-high scoring honors with Evan Turner with 18.

"When teams are shooting like that the scouting report kind of goes with the wind," said Spencer Hawes, held to just five points after missing five of his six shots. "You're just kind of putting out fires everywhere and hope that maybe you can make them make enough passes where no one is getting an open look. I don't think we did that tonight. They are a tough matchup and you kind of have to pick your poison and tonight we might have picked the wrong one."

The day he received the award for Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Carter-Williams had his worst game of his minute career, his point total cushioned with eight points in the final meaningless 12 minutes.

"He wants to attack bigs. It's his nature and I like it," Brown said. "But it becomes an education where you're going in against 7-2 [players]. He attacked Joakim [Noah] the other night and ended up losing. He's going to have to get used to going at that size and then there will be an education where you have to kick it out for shooters or maybe you have a pick-and-pop guy behind you open. It's just part of the process, part of his learning curve."

Last night it was Iguodala who was doing most of the teaching.

Tony Wroten was the only other Sixers player in double figures with 14 . . . Stephen Curry's triple-double was the second of his career . . . Golden State scored just 12 points in the fourth quarter as the regulars were spectators . . . The Warriors had 35 fastbreak points to the Sixers' 20 . . . The Sixers host the Wizards tomorrow, then Andrew Bynum and the Cavs on Friday.

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