Falling behind by 30 points in the 1st half in an NBA is incredibly “difficult” to do for any team, but doing it twice in a row is nearly unheard of in today’s league. However, the lowly Philadelphia 76ers accomplished that feat on Monday night, as they were unceremoniously blasted by the Golden State Warriors, 123-80.
On Sunday night, Philly fell behind by 31 points at the end of the 1st quarter (and 39 at the half) against the LA Clippers, but they were determined not to be upstaged. On the second of a back-to-back for the Sixers, the Warriors were able to mount a 33-point lead at the half on the strength of a 37-12 margin in the 2nd quarter, and from there, the wheels came careening off for Philly in the 40+-point decision.
Stephen Curry was the best player on the court in Oakland, scoring 23 points (on 7-for-11 shooting) and dishing out 8 assists to lead the Warriors. Marreese Speights (not a misprint) emerged from the bench with 32 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes, but in all honesty, any member of the Warriors could have almost dialed up a statistical output against the weak resistance from the Sixers.
There are endless punchlines surrounding the Sixers (and rightly so), but it’s easy to forget that Philly already has 15 wins. That win total is honestly more than most pundits expected them to accumulate throughout the whole season, but in a 2-night stretch, all of that prospective goodwill was erased in short order.