Instant Replay: Warriors wake up, roar back to beat Sixers

Instant Replay: Warriors wake up, roar back to beat Sixers


OAKLAND -- The Warriors snapped their three-game losing streak Tuesday night, dropping several gallons of sweat in a ferocious fourth-quarter comeback that yielded a 106-104 win over the stubborn Philadelphia 76ers.

Stephen Curry (29) and Klay Thompson (28) combined for 57 points, and Draymond Green emerged as a third scorer with 20 as the Warriors overcame another poor offensive performance. Matt Barnes, coming off the bench, added 10 points.

The Warriors (53-14) were outshot (44.9 percent to 36.8) and outrebounded (49-42) The Sixers even had more assists, 28-24.

But after a disastrous third quarter, during which they shot 23.1 percent and were outscored 31-20, the Warriors regrouped in the fourth quarter to hold the 76ers to 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting.

Rookie forward Dario Saric scored 25 points to lead Philadelphia (24-43), which has lost eight of its last 10 games.

Thompson and Green spent the evening doing their part to make it a game. Thompson did most of his damage early, keeping the Warriors in range, while Green spread his work throughout the entire game.

Green’s line: 20 points (4-of-12, 1-of-4, 11-of-14), eight assists, seven rebounds, six blocks and four steals. He played 38 minutes and finished plus-15.

Thompson’s line: 28 points (10-of-22 from the field, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, 3-of-3 from the line) and two rebounds. He played 37 minutes and finished minus-7.

Trailing 90-78 after three quarters, the Warriors opened the fourth with a 15-2 run to up 93-92 on a Shaun Livingston jumper with 7:34 remaining. That gave them their first lead of the second half.

The teams exchanged leads over the final minutes until a Curry 3-pointer put the Warriors ahead for good, at 101-99 with 3:42 left.

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) was listed as out.

76ers: G Jerryd Bayless (L wrist surgery), C Joel Embiid (L knee injury), F Ben Simmons (R foot fracture) and F/C Tiago Splitter (R calf strain) were listed as out. F Robert Covington (R knee soreness) was listed as out but upgraded to available.

The Warriors return to action Thursday night at Oracle Arena, where they play host to the Orlando Magic. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.


What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'


What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'

The Warriors were the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

That is probably going to change this season, as they trail the Rockets by three games (although it's really four because Houston has the tiebreaker) with 12 games to play (and only lead the Raptors by one game).

What does owner Joe Lacob think about his team right now?

“We’ve had our best team we’ve ever had this year,” Lacob recently told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group (read the full story here). “We have to go prove it on the court, but we have enough to win it.

"It doesn’t mean we will, but we are certainly set up to have the opportunity potentially to do that. That’s about all you can ask.”

Things can change in an instant and Lacob understands that.

That's why he's constantly discussing scenarios with Warriors GM Bob Myers and the rest of Golden State's decision-makers.

“We’ll build around that core until we decide maybe we shouldn’t," Lacob told BANG. "But right now it feels pretty good. These guys are all performing at a great level. We love them as part of our organization.

"I don’t really see doing anything major. But you never really know. We have to evaluate when the season is over. It’s very hard when you’re in the middle of it all to see it objectively.”

What happens if the Warriors don't win the championship this year?

We will leave you with this quote Lacob gave BANG.

“Maybe we will emphasize continuity. Or maybe we will make a big move. We’re looking at different options, given different things playing out in different ways.

"I think you should always be doing that.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Pat McCaw will return vs Spurs; Draymond Green vs LaMarcus Aldridge


Pat McCaw will return vs Spurs; Draymond Green vs LaMarcus Aldridge

In 43 seasons battling the Spurs, only once have the Warriors swept a season series, a feat they will accomplish again with a victory Monday night in San Antonio.

Winning at AT&T Center will be a tough task for the depleted Warriors (53-17), who for the third consecutive game will take the floor with three of their four All-Stars -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson -- unavailable. Guard Pat McCaw, however, will be available for the first time in five weeks.

After the Spurs (40-30) lost nine of 11 games over a 30-day span and seemed to be fading from the playoff race, they’ve posted three straight wins and are very much in the race, despite the continued absence of star forward Kawhi Leonard.


Spurs by 7


Draymond Green & Co. vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: Aldridge is a load for any defender and has carried the Spurs this season. Expect the Warriors to stick to their routine when facing a single pivotal player and send a variety of defenders. Green is sure to be one of them. Others likely to take turns include Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee, David West and maybe even Kevon Looney. The Warriors will consider it success if they can keep Aldridge under 30 points.


Warriors: F Omri Casspi (R ankle tweak), G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak), F Kevin Durant (R rib fracture) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) and listed as out.

Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is listed as out.


Warriors: 7-3. Spurs: 5-5.


James Capers (crew chief), Bennie Adams, Karl Lane


The Warriors won the first three of four meetings this season: 112-92 on Nov. 2 in San Antonio, 122-105 on Feb. 10 in Oakland and 110-107 on March 8 at Oakland. They were 1-2 against San Antonio last season and are 9-7 against the Spurs in the Steve Kerr era.


COOK’S ROLL: Two-way PG Quinn Cook was terrific in the last two games, scoring a combined 53 points on 21-of-30 shooting. That was against lottery teams. The Spurs traditionally make life tough for guards and will pose a much bigger challenge. If Cook stays hot under this pressure, the Warriors will be beyond ecstatic.

MCCAW RETURNS: The return of McCaw, out since Feb. 12 with a L wrist fracture, gives the Warriors a fourth guard and some welcome flexibility. Cook played 80 minutes in the recent back-to-back set, and Nick Young played 78. McCaw will be on a minutes restriction (less than 20) but can perform on or off the ball.

THE BENCH GAME: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has virtually trademarked liberal usage of reserves; only San Antonio has had eight players score in double figures in three different games this season, and 13 different Spurs average at least 10 ppg. Their depth will be a problem for these very thin Warriors.