When talking trash backfires: Turner provoked Iguodala

Iguodala on career performance: 'Tonight was just my night'

When talking trash backfires: Turner provoked Iguodala
November 5, 2013, 10:00 am
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We'll never know if Andre Iguodala would have turned in such a big game without the text from his friend Evan Turner. (AP)

Evan Turner just had to send a good-natured text to Andre Iguodala after Philadelphia ran its record to 3-0.

"You're next."

Hardly.

Iguodala tormented his former team with a game better than any he ever played in eight seasons with the 76ers. He made a career-high seven 3-pointers, scored 32 points, had one behind-the-back assist for the highlight reel, and the Golden State Warriors handed Philadelphia its first loss of the season, 110-90 on Monday night.

[RECAP: Warriors 110, 76ers 90]

“Evan actually texted me right after they beat the Bulls. He was kind of talking trash,” Iguodala told CSNPhilly.com. “He said you’re next. He’s the ultimate competitor, no matter who he’s going against. Actually, I wanted to shut him out tonight. I wasn’t even thinking about scoring.”

Iguodala had scored only 26 points the first three games with Golden State.

Much like his Philly days, Iguodala was on the high-flying finishing end of a few alley-oops that sparked the offense. He soared above the rim to snare about a 70-foot pass from Curry for one slam. Booed during pregame introductions, Sixers fans were left impressed with his dunks.

And to think, it all started with an innocuous, good-natured text message.

Just days after the Warriors reached a verbal aggreement on a four-year, $48 million contract with Iguodala, he and Turner were infamously late to Jrue Holiday's wedding when their limousine broke down in July. 

Associated press contributed to this report

 

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