Philadelphia holds off Golden State
OAKLAND – Lou Williams scored 26 points, including a clinching 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds left, and Andre Iguodala added 22 points and seven assists as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Golden State Warriors 110-102 on Tuesday night.
Williams matched his career high with five 3-pointers and had 10 rebounds and seven assists to help the Sixers win in their first game since guard Allen Iverson took an indefinite leave of absence to be with his ill daughter.
Coming off a 32-point loss to Chicago three days earlier, Philadelphia led by 17 going into the fourth quarter but had to withstand a late flurry from Golden State.
Monta Ellis had 22 points and C.J. Watson added 20 for the Warriors, who pulled within 105-102 on Anthony Morrow’s 3-pointer with 39.1 seconds remaining. Williams then answered with his own 3 and Rodney Carney added a pair of free throws for the Sixers.
Philadelphia led the entire game, building a 24-point advantage in the second half while completing a season sweep of the Warriors for the first time since 2000-01. It’s also the first time the Sixers, who beat Golden State 117-101 on Dec. 14, have won in Oakland since Jan. 3, 2005.
They did it despite being without Iverson, the mercurial veteran guard who will miss at least the remaining two games on Philadelphia’s road trip and has given no indication when he’ll return.
His absence didn’t seem to affect the Sixers much.
Philadelphia jumped out to a 15-point lead in the first quarter, extended it to 66-48 at halftime and then cruised the rest of the way.
Golden State couldn’t keep up, though the Warriors tried to make it close.
Already without second-leading scorer Corey Maggette (hamstring), the Warriors shot only 35.9 percent in the first half while Ellis was hampered with four fouls. Ellis, who leads the team in scoring and minutes played, picked up his fifth foul midway through the third quarter and was forced to play tentatively the rest of the way.
The Warriors, who rallied from 18 down to beat Atlanta on Sunday, trailed 90-73 at the start of the fourth quarter but went on an 16-4 run early in the period to close the gap. Stephen Curry, who had 17 points and six rebounds, scored seven straight points and Watson added a 3-pointer to make it 103-99.
Iguodala made a 14-foot jumper for Philadelphia before Morrow’s 3-pointer pulled the Warriors within 105-102. Williams then sealed it for the Sixers with his fifth 3-pointer.
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