Embiid’s 26 Points Help 76ers Snap Warriors’ 11-Game Win Streak
February 1, 2019 in Sports News
Joel Embiid had 26 points and 20 rebounds to spoil DeMarcus Cousins’ home debut with the Warriors, as the Philadelphia 76ers snapped Golden State’s NBA-best 11-game winning streak with a 113-104 victory Thursday night.
Philadelphia hadn’t won a game in the series in nearly six years. Ben Simmons also scored 26 points and JJ Redick added 15 points for the Sixers, who grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to give them 10 or more in five straight games and 11 of 15.
Embiid missed all five of his 3s and committed eight turnovers but also had five assists and two steals.
Stephen Curry scored 41 points and dished six assists, while Cousins contributed seven points, six rebounds, and six assists. For the game, Curry shot 14 for 27, and 10 of 18 from beyond the arc.
Kevin Durant hit a 3-pointer with 4:52 remaining to trim the deficit to 102-96, but Draymond Green fouled moments later and received a technical for arguing.
Durant finished with 25 points on 11-for-24 shooting but missed seven of his eight 3-point tries.
Curry’s baseline 3 with 2:46 remaining cut Philadelphia’s lead to 106-101, and he hit another with just more than a minute left to make it a six-point game.
Golden State’s Alfonzo McKinnie hit all five of his shots for 11 points making his first career start in his 56th game after Klay Thompson was a late scratch because of an illness.
Cousins went 3 for 10 and played 25 minutes in his sixth game overall since coming back from surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon he hurt last January with New Orleans.
The Sixers went ahead 95-84 late in the third on Embiid’s basket, outscoring Golden State 42-26 in the quarter.
Golden State, which had a double-digit winning streak for the sixth consecutive season and is coming off a 5-0 road trip, shot 46.6 percent and was 11 of 38 from deep.
The Warriors had their 10-game winning streak against the Sixers snapped, along with a six-game unbeaten run in the series at Oracle.
The 76ers next face the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night, while the same night the Warriors host the Los Angeles Lakers.