The Sixers snapped their seven-game losing streak with a hard-fought 104-97 victory against the Warriors at the Wells Fargo Center.
Doug Collins’ squad trailed by 16 in the first half, but went into the locker room only down 54-51. The Sixers climbed back in it by scoring 31 points in the second and third quarters, while Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner combined for 16 of the Sixers’ final 18 points to shut the door on Golden State.
Nick Young was sidelined with a sprained left ankle, so Royal Ivey joined Jrue Holiday in the starting backcourt and was a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor for 17 points.
Turner hit a baseline jumper with 2:35 to play that gave the Sixers a 98-94 lead. He had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and his enthusiasm after the bucket had the crowd on its feet. Holiday then iced the win by hitting a high arching jumper with 41.9 seconds remaining to put the Sixers up five and for good.
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Holiday finished with a team-high 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting. He handed out seven assists, grabbed five rebounds, but also had eight of the Sixers’ 23 turnovers.
Thaddeus Young grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to go with his 14 points.
Stephen Curry scored 13 points in the first quarter, 10 in the second quarter and led all scorers with 30 at game’s end. He shot 8 of 10 in the first half and was 4 of 6 at the foul line. In the second half, however, Curry was limited to 3-of-10 shooting.
His backcourt mate Klay Thompson added 29 points, connecting for seven of the Warriors’ 10 three-pointers.
The Sixers were 12 of 18 from three-point range -- one make shy of tying their season high. The 67 percent from long distance was their best mark of the year.
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Dorell Wright was traded in the offseason from the Warriors to the Sixers. With the Sixers’ bench depleted, an offensive boost from Wright was necessary and he delivered with 13 points, shooting 5 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 5 from behind the arc. He grabbed seven rebounds as well.
Wright also sprinted the length of the court to block a Curry fast-break layup with 8:41 to play and the Sixers clinging to an 86-85 lead.
And then with one minute remaining, Wright made a heads up defensive play, forcing Curry to travel, which gave the Sixers possession leading by three.
The Sixers take on the Wizards Sunday night at 6 p.m. Washington is 18-39 on the season, but since losing to the Sixers on Jan. 30, the Wizards have gone 6-6.
Bradley Beal leads Washington in scoring with 14.2 points per game, third-highest among NBA rookies, while John Wall is averaging 13.8 points and 7.3 assists.
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