SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Stephen Curry and his entire supporting cast had to bring some smothering second-half defence to shut down younger brother Seth and the undermanned 76ers.
Stephen Curry scored 25 points to Seth’s 24, and the Golden State Warriors surged back after halftime to beat Philadelphia 116-96 yesterday for their fifth straight win.
Juan Toscano-Anderson came up big off the bench in the second half, scoring all of his 13 points to go with six rebounds and six assists.
“The energy, it’s contagious,” said Andrew Wiggins, who added 19 points.
Jordan Poole added 17 points and six assists for the Warriors. He beat the buzzer from halfcourt at halftime to get Golden State within 61-52. Stephen Curry was all smiles seeing one of his signature shots go down for the young guard.
The reigning scoring champion shot nine for 16 with six three-pointers and added 10 assists for the NBA-best Warriors (16-2).
He and brother-in-law Damion Lee made consecutive three-pointers over the final 39.4 seconds of the third to put their team ahead 86-84 going into the final 12 minutes.
“We were on our heels most of the entire first 18 minutes. Our identity is our defense. We can score with the best of them but we flipped the switch and got stops and made them take tough shots, especially in the second half and turned that into offence,” Curry said. “It was pretty impressive just the energy flip that happened after that first quarter.”
Toscano-Anderson and Gary Payton II led the defence as the Warriors fought back from a 19-point, first-half deficit.
“We got great performances off the bench from Gary and Juan, two of our better defenders, and the defence led to the offense and the ball started to move because we were in transition,” coach Steve Kerr said. “It was a beautiful second half.”
Seth Curry started four of six and outscored big brother 17-14 in the first half. He wound up eight of 16 from the floor, missing all five of his three-point tries.