Curry notches triple-double, Iguodala nets 32 as W's thrash 76ers
None of the three Warriors averaging at least 20 points per game through the first three reached that level on Monday yet they still demolished the previously hot 76ers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
With small forward Andre Iguodala scoring 32 points – after totaling 26 in the first three games – the Warriors didn't need big nights from top scorers Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and David Lee to run away with a 110-90 victory that was far more lopsided than the numbers.
Consider this the puzzle sure to challenge all future defenses.
"It's just unselfish basketball," coach Mark Jackson said. "We're an uptempo basketball team. Offensively, we have a bunch of playmakers and guys that can make shots."
Iguodala's night upon returning to Philadelphia, where he began his career in 2004, illustrates the depth and versatility of a Warriors lineup in which any one of four starters can ring up 30. Only center Andrew Bogut is unlikely to score as many in a given game.
"You kind of have to pick your poison," 76ers center Spencer Hawes said, "and tonight we might have picked the wrong one."
There's no way of knowing where to focus, for the Warriors on most nights will bring multiple toxins. Iguodala often will be their fourth scoring option.
The 6-foot-6 wing had a lot of open shots, particularly from beyond the arc, at least partly because the Sixers tried to meet Curry and Thompson at the 3-point line. Though Iguodala is not an exceptional long-distance shooter, he is capable of punishing teams that show disrespect. While Curry and Thompson were combining to make 6 of 17, Iguodala was connecting on 7 of 11.
"We share the ball," Iguodala said. "We have two of the best shooters in the league of all time and it gives us great spacing."
It's not that the top three were silent. Lee had 18, Thompson had 15 and Curry nabbed his second career triple-double: 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He also finished with five steals.
"Every shot we took was pretty much a good shot and in rhythm," Curry said. "We moved the ball from side to side and everybody was aggressive.
"But when you start off playing defense the way we did, it makes the other end that much easier because you get a lot in transition and get a lot of easy baskets."
And to think, the team's young gun, Harrison Barnes, has yet to step on the court. He is recovering from an ailment that resulted in inflammation in his left foot. When he returns, probably this week, the team will have a fifth player easily capable of reaching the 30-point mark.
Minnesota is next on the schedule and the Timberwolves are facing a Warriors team still getting acquainted, still discovering the possibilities. A team that only gets deeper once Barnes rejoins the action and finds his stride.