On Wilt Chamberlain Bobblehead Night, power forward Marreese Speights led the Warriors back into the win column with a thorough destruction of the visiting 76ers, 123-80.
Speights had a career night by dropping in 32 points on 12-15 shooting from the field. The Warriors were shorthanded in the front court on the evening with Andrew Bogut (Bone Bruise) and Jermaine O’Neal (wrist inflammation) sitting out the game, but Speights was able to pick up the slack.
Speights began his career with the 76ers, and was motivated to show the 76ers what they were missing.
All-Star Stephen Curry had another solid night for the Warriors with 23 points and 8 assists; while David Lee, returning from injury, added another double-double to his 2013-14 resume with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The game was tight midway through the second quarter when the 76ers cut the Warrior lead to 33-27, however the Warriors then went on a 33-6 run in the last 9 minutes of the first half to take a commanding 66-33 lead.
Golden State continued to put their foot down on the gas pedal in the second half, and went on to win by their largest point margin of the season. The Warriors outshot the 76ers 49% to 36% from the field, and out-rebounded Philadelphia 60-38.
The lone bright spot for the 76ers (15-38) was Michael Carter-Williams with 24 points and 4 rebounds. Philadelphia has lost their last two games by a combined 88 points, which is the worst for the franchise since 1994.
The Warriors welcome the defending NBA champion Miami Heat to Oracle Arena on Wednesday night.
Notes: The Warriors swept the season series against the 76ers for the first time since the 07-08 season….
Curry received the NBA’s Kia Community Assist Award for the month of January for his work in the community….
This game marked the 63rd straight sellout at Oracle Arena for the Warriors.