Instant Replay: Speights, Warriors dismantle 76ers

Instant Replay: Speights, Warriors dismantle 76ers
February 10, 2014, 9:30 pm
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Marreese Speights scored a career-high 32 points (12-15 FG) in just 26 minutes off the bench. (USATI)


OAKLAND – Marreese Speights and his supporting cast mugged the 76ers on Monday night at Oracle Arena.

With Warriors big men Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O'Neal out with injuries, the reserve power forward, scored a career-high 32 points in 27 minutes to lead a 123-80 waxing of Philadelphia before a sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena.

Point guard Stephen Curry finished with 23 points, including 6-of-9 3-point shooting, and a game-high eight assists. Power forward David Lee, still aching from a sprained left shoulder and strained right hip, summoned the will to deliver 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Though three other Warriors – Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green – scored in double figures, but the night belonged to Speights.

The free agent acquired last summer has, on the whole, been a disappointment. Not in this game. Speights made 10 of his first 11 shots and ended up making 12 of 15 from the field. Scoring in most every conceivable way, Speights was serenaded with a chant usually reserved for Curry.

``M-V-P, M-V-P, M-V-P.''

The victory gave the Warriors (31-21) a sweep of the two-game season series with the Sixers, who were coming off a 45-point loss (123-78) to the Clippers on Sunday. Philadelphia (15-38) lost its seventh in a row.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: Speights owned the house, each shot dropping through the net creating a louder response.

Yet a special mention must go to Lee. After missing the previous two games, he warmed up, pondered the plight of his team and gave it a go. He was fabulous.

TURNING POINT: The opening tipoff?

As harsh as it may seem, the 76ers were bad in the first quarter and worse in the second. When they did string together a 6-0 run five minutes before halftime, cutting the deficit to 14 (47-33), Jackson called a full timeout. The Warriors responded with a 19-0 run, taking a 66-33 lead into the locker room.

INJURY REPORT: C Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) and C O'Neal (sore wrist) did not play and are questionable for the next game. C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (strained left hamstring, right foot inflammation) are out indefinitely.

WHAT'S NEXT: In the final game before the weekend All-Star break, the Warriors face the defending champion Heat on Wednesday night at Oracle. The Warriors took a 123-114 win in the first meeting this season, Jan. 2 in Miami. After losing six in a row to the Heat, the Warriors have won three of the last four meetings.

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