Point guard Stephen Curry recorded his second-career triple double. But the star of the show in Golden State’s 110-90 win over Philadelphia was Andre Iguodala.
He had his breakout performance as a Warrior against his former team, totaling 32 points in just over 32 minutes. He made a career-high seven 3-pointers, in 11 attempts.
The 76ers came into the game 3-0, with impressive wins over Miami and Chicago. Carter-Williams was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 20.7 points, 9.0 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 4.33 steals in his first three games. He was the first rookie to nab the honor in the first week since Shaquille O’Neal.
But by the time Golden State was done with the 76ers, they looked like the team most picked to finished at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. By the time Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got done with him, Carter-Williams looked like a rookie who needs time to develop.
Curry attacked him relentlessly on offense, either losing him off the dribble or running him off screens. On the other end, the Warriors dispatched Thompson to defend him, and his size and length advantage diminished Carter-Williams’ ability to penetrate.
The first-year point guard out of Syracuse, who is now a front-runner for Rookie of the Year, finished with 18 points on 4 of 17 shooting with four assists, six rebounds and six turnovers in 35 minutes.
Golden State started the four-game road trip exactly the way it wanted. Offensively, they reached 110 for the fourth consecutive game, totaling 98 points on 49.3 percent shooting with 25 assists on 37 made baskets through the first three quarters. Defensively, they held the 76ers to 35.2 percent shooting and forced 24 turnovers.
The Warriors came racing out of the gate against Philadelphia, with former 76er Andre Iguodala leading the charge. He scored 11 points in the first nine minutes of the game as Golden State took a 36-22 lead into the second quarter.
Philadelphia led by a basket early in the first quarter. But the Warriors took control of the game with an 18-0 run.
Curry tied the game at 12 with a step-back 19-footer. Lee followed by putting back his own missed layup. Thompson forced a Sixers timeout with a reverse layup.
Out of the timeout, the Warriors rattled off 10 more — an Iguodala 3-pointer, a Curry finger roll, a tip in by David Lee and a Klay Thompson 3-pointer. Another timeout for the Sixers.
Out of the timeout, Philadelphia’s eighth straight missed shot led to an alley-oop from Curry to Iguodala. Golden State led 28-12 with 4:40 left in the first quarter.
The lead was 36-22 entering the second quarter. But Philadelphia had whittled it down to 43-37. But the Warriors closed the second quarter with a 23-5 run to blow open the game.
Iguodala got it started with a 3-pointer at the 6:21 mark. Three minutes later, he hit another 3-pointer to give Golden State a 55-40 advantage. The next time down, Iguodala passed up a 3-pointer to zip an around-the-back pass to a streaking Lee for a layup.
In the final minute of the first half, Iguodala dunked home a lob from Lee. He nearly got another on the next possession, but his dunk rattled out. Lee dunked home the miss and the Warriors went into the locker room up 66-42.
Curry, who had been struggling with his shot, took over to start the third. He opened the third quarter with a jumper, a 3-pointer, and a three-point play on a reverse layup. His free throw put the Warriors ahead 74-44 with not even two minutes elapsed in the third quarter.
Some five minutes later, Golden State unleashed a barrage of 3-pointers to push the lead to 36 — Curry, Thompson and Iguodala each hit one during a 9-2 run that made the score 93-57.
Eventually, Jackson took all the starters out except Curry, who was one rebound shy of a triple-double. Curry finally snagged a defensive rebound with 57.9 seconds left in the quarter.
Curry’s last triple-double came on Feb. 10, 2010, when he had 36 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds as a rookie against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.
This time, Curry did it in three quarters. He also had five steals, completing a stat line a Warrior hadn’t pulled off since Chris Mullin in 1997.