Warriors outlast 76ers, 96-89
OAKLAND, Calif. — The 76ers found out on Friday night what the rest of the league is discovering about one-time patsy Golden State — that the Warriors are pretty good.
Golden State, which last season lost games to the Sixers by 22 and 26 points, respectively, built a 20-point lead late in the third — a carryover from a very strong second period — and held on to defeat the Sixers, 96-89, at sold-out (19,596) Oracle Arena on Friday.
The loss, the Sixers' 10th in their last 14 games, dropped the Sixers' record to 14-16. The win improved the Warriors record to 20-10.
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with his seventh double-double of the season, finishing with 21 points and 10 assists. Thaddeus Young also added a double-double, his eighth this season, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
David Lee led Golden State with his 19th double-double of the season (25 points, 12 rebounds). Reserve guard Jarret Jack scored 11 of his 16 points in the second quarter.
Down by 72-52 with just under five minutes left, the Sixers reeled off a 28-12 run of their own to pull within 84-80 on Royal Ivey’s three with 6:39 to play. But Lee scored three unanswered baskets and Carl Landry (15 points, 11 boards) added another, topping an 8-0 run that secured the win for the Warriors.