The up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers were up by as many as 24 points at home against the defending world champion Golden State Warriors Saturday night and took a 22-point lead heading into halftime.
The Sixers were clicking on all cylinders and put up a whopping 47 points in the first quarter alone. They looked primed for a big, statement win over the Warriors.
But as they’ve done countless times in the past, Golden State went on a scoring rampage in the third quarter and erased Philadelphia’s big lead with ease.
The Warriors outscored the Sixers 47-15 in the third and never looked back, as they wound up winning by a final score of 124-116.
Two-time MVP Stephen Curry led the way with 35 points while Kevin Durant wasn’t far behind with 27. Klay Thompson chipped in 17 and David West scored 14 off the bench.
For the Sixers, rookie phenom Ben Simmons registered a double-double with 23 points and 12 assists. Big man Joel Embiid racked up 21 points and eight rebounds and swingman Robert Covington had 20.
The Warriors shot 54.3 percent from the field overall and 30.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Sixers, meanwhile, finished shooting an even 49 percent from the floor and 35.7 percent from three.
Golden State is now 12-4 on the season while the Sixers dropped to 8-7.