December 28 Philadelphia Daily News:
“If there ever was a game this season in which coach Doug Collins needed all his weapons, last night was it.
The Sixers were coming off a grueling, come-from-behind win the night before in Denver, were mired in the middle of an eight-game road trip and were playing a Golden State Warriors team that plays fast offensively and presents as much defense as a knife in a gunfight. And this up-and-down game featured as many open shots as a comedic roast.
Forward Dorell Wright poured in 28 points for the Warriors, feasting on wide-open mid- to long-range jumpers, and helped to ultimately dump the Sixers, 110-95.
The Sixers, who fell to 12-19, are now 2-3 on the road trip, which continues tomorrow in Phoenix
Without swingman Andre Iguodala, out with right Achilles’ tendinitis and guard Lou Williams, who is in Philadelphia for the birth of his first child, Collins was left with few weapons in his arsenal.
“We miss Lou [Williams],” said Collins. “We miss Dre a lot. Tonight is one of those games where we were a step slow. When you’re a step slow against a team like this you’re chasing, and when you’re chasing then they get those threes. We were just a step behind and they took advantage.”
It showed early as the Warriors stormed to a 16-4 lead just 5 minutes into the game. The Sixers missed 12 of their first 16 shots, had three turnovers and looked like a team that had a fuel gauge quickly approaching “E.”
But they went on a 21-4 spurt and finished the quarter with a 30-25 lead.
The weariness looked as though it started creeping back in during the second quarter when the Sixers were outscored, 30-19, by the Warriors. More telling was that Golden State was able to drill six of its eight three-point attempts. Most came from simple ball movement, when the Sixers‘ weary legs couldn’t carry them to the recovery spot on time.”3
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