Andre Iguodala is noticeably mild mannered. His speech is monotone and his face rarely shows emotion save for the occasional smile. So when he said, so matter-of-factly, he didn’t put much stock in playing against his former team, it actually sounded believable.
Mark Jackson didn’t buy it. And the way Iguodala played, it was clear this was a big game for the ex-76er.
In his second game back in Wells Fargo Center, Iguodala got his first win, torching Philadelphia for 32 points in 32 minutes. He knocked down 7 of 11 from 3-point range, a career-high.
“Its no secret. You want to kill ‘em,” coach Mark Jackson said of the mindset playing former teams. “You say all the right things before hand just in case it doesn’t work out. But the mindset is to make a statement.”
The knock on Iguodala, when he was traded out of Denver, was that he wasn’t a reliable scorer because he couldn’t shoot. Many said he was ill-positioned as the 76ers’ go-to guy.
So it seemed a little redemptive for Iguodala to light it up, especially with his outside shot.
“It does feel good,” Iguodala said after the game, “but I wasn’t trying to prove anything.”
Iguodala didn’t just stay out there. He showed off his full arsenal. He threw down a couple of thunderous dunks, one a beyond-half-court lob from Curry. He also provided the highlight of the night: an around-the-back, mid-air pass from the 3-point line to a cutting David Lee for a layup.
“I’ve made some crazy passes before,” Curry said. “I don’t know how he even thought to do it. All the way at the 3-point line in the corner, he had to catch it in air and sling it at the same time. On target. That was pretty special.”
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