The Sixers knew they were in for a track meet against the Golden State Warriors, who came into Monday’s game at the Wells Fargo Center as the league’s second-highest scoring team.
For the first time this season, the Sixers just weren’t able to keep up.
The Sixers were dealt a 110-90 loss for their first defeat of the season and the first under head coach Brett Brown.
The Sixers trailed by 14 points after one quarter, 24 at the half and 35 with 3:25 to go in the third. The Sixers also had a season-high 24 turnovers (see 5 observations).
Andre Iguodala put on a show in his return to the Wells Fargo Center, scoring 32 points.
The Sixers pulled the game within six points midway through the second quarter only to allow Golden State to go on a 23-5 run to close out the half.
Follow the leader
Stephen Curry posted a triple-double with 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. It was his second career triple-double. Curry’s first came during his rookie season.
Three other Warriors also scored in double figures.
Evan Turner, along with Michael Carter-Williams, led the Sixers in scoring with 18 points. Carter-Williams shot just 4 for 17 to score his 18 points.
Tony Wroten came off the bench to score 14 for the Sixers.
The Sixers came into the game as the league’s fourth-highest scoring team at 110 points per contest. A poor shooting night had the Sixers scoring just 90 against Golden State.
Brown’s squad shot 35 percent from the floor and 5 for 25 (20 percent) from three-point range.
Golden State shot 45 percent for the game, including a sizzling 15 for 38 (40 percent) from distance.
Take a bow
Iguodala was often criticized for not being an aggressive, take-charge player during the eight years he donned a Sixers uniform.
On Monday night, he decided to show Sixers fans the franchise let a good one get away when it traded him two summers ago.
Iguodala had 27 first-half points. He played 14 minutes in the second half and finished with 32 points, just two shy of his career high. Iguodala was 11 of 18 from the floor, including 7 of 11 from long range.
The Sixers will see Washington at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night.
Last Friday, the Sixers picked up a 109-102 road win over the Wizards. The Sixers were led in scoring by Thaddeus Young, who totaled 29 points.
After allowing John Wall to score 15 points in the first quarter, the Sixers limited him to just 11 points over the final three quarters.