Instant Analysis: Warriors win sixth straight game by more than 15 points
Make it six in a row
OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant returned from a one-game absence Saturday and scored 29 points to power the Warriors to 135-114 thumping of the Philadelphia 76ers at Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry put in 22 points, Klay Thompson 15 and Nick Young added 13 as the Warriors (10-3) won for the sixth consecutive time.
The Warriors shot a season-high 58.5 percent from the field, including 51.9 percent from deep, and a season-high 96.2 percent from the line in sending the Sixers (6-6) to their second loss in a row.
Durant’s line: 29 points (11-of-18 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 beyond the arc, 4-of-4 from the line), five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. He played 28 minutes and finished plus-24 for the game.
Curry recorded a game-high nine assists, in the process becoming the second Warrior to reach the 4,000 mark in that statistic. He has 4,004. Guy Rodgers is the all-time franchise leader with 4,855.
After the Sixers pulled into a 74-74 tie on a Robert Covington 3-pointer with 7:29 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 20-4 run to take a 94-78 lead on a Nick Young triple with 2:36 left in the quarter.
The Warriors forced the 76ers into 2-of-7 shooting and three turnovers during the run and outscored them 36-21 in the quarter.
Philadelphia got no closer than 16 in the fourth quarter.
Warriors: Stephen Curry suffered a thigh contusion early in the first quarter and was seen limping away from the postgame podium. He could miss Monday's game against the Magic. Kevin Durant (L thigh bruise) was listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. G/F Andre Iguodala (rest) was listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
76ers: G Jerryd Bayless (L wrist contusion), G Markelle Fultz (R shoulder soreness/scapular muscle imbalance) and G Nik Stauskas (R ankle sprain) were listed as out.
The Warriors close out the four-game homestand Monday night, when they face the Orlando Magic at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sport Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30.