Warriors zip past scuffling 76ers

League: NBA

Posted on: 08 Feb, 2024 at 03:19 AM

Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Wiggins had 21 points and 10 rebounds to carry the Golden State Warriors past the host Philadelphia 76ers 127-104 on Wednesday.

Klay Thompson and Jonathan Kuminga scored 18 points apiece and Lester Quinones added 13 for the Warriors. Stephen Curry scored just nine points in 25 minutes.

The depleted Sixers played without reigning MVP Joel Embiid (knee) for the fourth straight game. Nicolas Batum (hamstring), Robert Covington (knee) and De'Anthony Melton (back) were also among those out.

Embiid underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair the lateral meniscus in his left knee and will be reevaluated in four weeks. Philadelphia is 4-12 without Embiid this season.

Ricky Council IV led the 76ers with 17 points, while KJ Martin scored 15 and Patrick Beverley and Tobias Harris each added 13. Tyrese Maxey, who was questionable for the contest with an illness, scored 12 points.

The Sixers have lost seven of their past eight games.

The Warriors scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to take a commanding 96-68 lead.

Council caught a pass off the backboard and dunked to close Philadelphia within 106-87 with 5:14 remaining, but Golden State cruised the rest of the way.

Curry hit two free throws with 2:51 left in the second quarter, his first two points of the game, to give the Warriors a 42-40 edge.

Maxey knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing on the Sixers' next possession as Philadelphia went back ahead by one.

The Warriors held a 48-45 lead after a choppy first half. Kuminga and Wiggins scored 11 points apiece before the break.

No Philadelphia player was able to reach double figures in scoring in the first half, and the 76ers combined to shoot 2 of 14 from 3-point range.

Curry dropped in a 3-pointer with 7:02 remaining in the third quarter, and the Warriors went ahead 66-52. Wiggins followed with a trey for a 17-point advantage.

The Warriors scored 43 points in the third and led 91-68 at the end of the quarter.

--Field Level Media