The Warriors won a game on Tuesday night, but that doesn’t mean they’re out of their funk. Not at all. They struggled for the better part of three quarters against Philly at Oracle Arena before scratching, clawing and coming to life in a 106-104 win.
The Warriors (53-14), who moved a half-game ahead of San Antonio for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, had lost 5 of their previous 7 games and three straight. In other words, the worst stretch of basketball in the Steve Kerr era.
They extended that worst stretch for 36 minutes, falling behind by as many as 16 points to the Sixers. But Golden State put a stranglehold on the Sixers over the final 12 minutes, holding them to just 14 points. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 29 points, but he wasn’t the team’s best player nor did he emerge from a recent shooting slump. Kerr went 8-for-23 from the floor, including 5-for-13 from beyond the arc.
The game was mostly about Draymond Green, though, who did it all in the win. Green finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, six blocks and four steals. Green not only put up numbers against Philly, it was his demeanor, activity and edge that brought the team’s energy level up down the stretch.