Stephen Curry held in check, Sixers return to win – NBC10 Philadelphia
3 observations after Thybulle keeps Curry in check, Sixers beat Warriors originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Sixers held Stephen Curry off Ray Allen’s career three-point record and beat a formidable Warriors team on Saturday night in Philadelphia.
Curry, who needed 10 three-pointers to get into the game to break Allen’s record, scored 18 points on 6 to 20 shots from the floor. He had 3 of 14 points in a three-point range in Golden State’s 102-93 loss to Wells Fargo Center. The Warriors are now 21-5, the Sixers 15-12.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Next up for the Sixers is a game on Monday in Memphis against the Grizzlies. Here are some observations on their victory over the Warriors:
Star Thybulle on Curry
Matisse Thybulle started in place of Danny Green as the Sixers decided to use their best perimeter defender on Stephen Curry from the opening point.
The downside to this move for the Sixers is that it allowed the Warriors to put Curry on top of the Sixers’ worst offensive player and not have their superstar need to expend a lot of defensive energy.
Still, the three-time champion was not at his best to start the game, missing his first four field goals. Give Thybulle credit for playing a fierce defense, chest to chest, off the ball. No player can completely stop Curry, but Thybulle is as good as he can get when it comes to defensive talent. The 24-year-old blocked a three-point try early in the second period and another early in the third. Curry didn’t convert a long distance jumper until 1:45 a.m. before halftime.
As a team, Golden State started Game 2 for 15 with three points and finished the night 12 for 48. The Sixers were happy to force Curry to give up the ball and other Warriors to take semi shots. contested.
Unfortunately for the Sixers, Thybulle couldn’t avoid fouls. He was called up for his third personal game with 2:26 left in the first half and Curry jumped on the opening against Tyrese Maxey, scoring eight points before intermission.
Curry’s constant movements and abundance of skill make him extremely difficult to keep, but Thybulle made sure he didn’t approach a historic night with formidable defense throughout the game.
Awesome bench on a tough night for Embiid
Embiid started 1 for 8 from the ground. He appeared embarrassed by the right-sided abdominal pain he first felt Thursday against the Jazz, grabbing the net during a stop to stretch the affected area.
For a second game in a row, Embiid was unhappy with the refereeing. After fouling Kevon Looney on the inside with 4:14 left in the second quarter, he committed a technical foul, apparently for swinging his arm in Looney’s direction. Hard call.
Free throws were one of the few things that worked for Embiid early on against the top physical defense of Looney and Draymond Green. He went 11 for 11 at the foul line.
Andre Drummond was a substantial advantage for the Sixers in his minutes against Nemanja Bjelica, rebounding from a poor performance on Thursday.
Drummond dunked off an offensive rebound, slammed into an alley and found Danny Green for a layup after a sneaky cut by the veteran wing along the baseline. He also did a decent job covering the ball screens involving Curry and seemed reasonably comfortable protecting himself from the paint. The Sixers bench played very well overall and took the team to a 10-point lead in the second quarter.
Drummond and the second unit were also excellent in the second half. The Sixers erased a 13-point deficit thanks to their bench. A three-point corner from Thybulle on a drive-and-kick from Furkan Korkmaz led to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr asking for a time out with 9:44 remaining in the game.
Embiid and the Sixers took a break when Draymond Green was called up for his fourth foul with 8:27 left in the third for an illegal screen on Thybulle. The three-time champion objected, believing Thybulle had baited the officials in the wrong call, but the challenge from Warriors head coach Steve Kerr fell through.
Green’s departure benefited Embiid but didn’t rock the game dramatically in favor of the Sixers. Looney was tough and smart, and Golden State had some success against Embiid at times.
The big man was persistent, however, and made an important jumper with 5:04 left to give the Sixers an 89-83 lead. His layup and one with 2:14 remaining wowed an electric crowd and extended the Sixers’ advantage to 96-86. And, when the Warriors turned to a zone defense on the stretch, Embiid shredded it with a foul line jumper.
Big games of Maxey early and late
If there was a chance that the first player would reach two points, Maxey would have been at the bottom of the list.
He did, however, manage two triples in the first three minutes and 15 seconds. It’s good for the Sixers to see Maxey take jumpers when they are open, and also for him to knock them down again after a five-game streak in which he was only 29.2% of the way. ground.
Maxey also performed well in his first stint outside of the three-point shot. He made a smart ‘extra’ pass to Danny Green for a corner three and made two free throws as he accelerated past the field on a quick break.
Maxey’s precocious magic quickly wore off. After Stephen Curry’s aforementioned flurry at the end of the second period, Maxey’s own jumper abandoned him early in the third. He missed some three points the Sixers could have used to stymie (or at least delay) the Warriors’ usual punch in the third quarter.
Shots weren’t bad for Maxey, but it’s obviously sub-optimal to feel the Sixers were somewhat dependent on his shot when the starters were out on the pitch. Compared to the average championship contender, the team lacks firepower.
The Sixers’ midfield offense was often not smooth and several possessions dwindled until the last seconds of the shot clock. Seth Curry had a relatively calm night with 10 points. Tobias Harris made 16.
Stephen Curry, meanwhile, was aided by Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins. Poole’s back-to-back three (23 points) gave Golden State a 69-56 lead. Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points.
An acrobatic, “How the hell did he do that?” Maxey’s layup was huge, extending the Sixers’ advantage to 91-83 with 4:37 remaining. He came up with a clutch block about two minutes later, jumping high to crush a quick Poole layup.
The Sixers ultimately won this game because of their defense, timely shots and a 30-16 advantage off the bench. It is without a doubt their best victory this season.