This season has been the best of times for Golden State and the worst of times for the Philadelphia 76ers, but this story’s plot took a twist on Saturday when the two teams faced off in Philadelphia. The Sixer’s Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan lead the charge as Philly climbed out of a 24 point deficit to tie the Warriors with 20 seconds left.
With a stunned 76ers crowd on its feet, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors had one possession to right their wrong. With 3 seconds remaining, the Warrior’s Draymond Green dished the ball to an open Harrison Barnes who quieted the crowd by knocking down the game winning three.
The close victory brings the Golden State Warriors to a league best 44-4 while dropping the 76ers to a league worst 7-41. With these two teams heading in completely opposite directions many wonder why the game was even close.
Warriors forward Draymond Green, who was one assist away from a league high 9 triple doubles, said after the game, “We definitely should have lost, and it was all my fault. I was selfishly unselfish, if you know what [that] means. And so we started turning the ball over, due to my selfish unselfishness, and it was all downhill from there. In other words, I was chasing a triple-double. Coach came to me at halftime like, ‘You better get it in this third quarter, ’cause you ain’t playing in the fourth,’ and it was all downhill from there. So definitely my fault, what went on tonight. Good thing we were able to get the win. Only right I was able to make a play after causing us to be in that position.”
Although the 76ers came up short, challenging the NBA’s best Golden State Warriors until the last second will be a season highlight for this growing team. The 76ers gave their crowd a fantastic team performance with seven different players all scoring in double figures. Games like these prove that Philadelphia knows how to win, they just haven’t done it yet.