The Golden State Warriors looked good tonight. They looked quick, fast, athletic. They shot 9 for 119 from the three-point line. The thing is, they're 25-44 on the season. So it's hard to tell if they looked good, or if the Sixers just played poorly. I think it was more of the latter than the former. The Sixers lost, 119-111.
Although the Warriors record is sub par, they play well at Oracle Arena, and have a much better record when guard Monta Ellis plays.
The Sixers shot 38.0 percent from the field. That's bad. They couldn't finish around the rim. The Warriors could, they shot 56.5 percent.
What's disappointing about this loss is the Los Angeles Lakers win. That game felt like they stole one. This game felt like they gave it back. They had a day off on Thursday, so it's tough to say they weren't rested. Obviously, one day of rest does not offer much, but in the NBA it seems to be about as much as you're going to get.
Still, the Sixers didn't just bag this one in the fourth quarter. It looked, when they got down, what was it -- 18 points? -- that it might stay right around there for the rest of the game. But the Sixers cut it to six with about 1:55 left in the game. That's closer than I think most of the soldout crowd in attendance, half of which had already left, thought this game would be. It was the missed three-pointer in the left corner from Lou Williams that seemed to be the best chance for the Sixers to get back into this game. That came with about 1:20 left and would have cut the game to three points.
The Sixers don't play tomorrow. They play the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, then the Portland Trailblazers on Monday. They -- or more specifically Andre Miller said -- wanted to win three games on this swing. That means they have to sweep these last two games.
As has been the tradition on this late, late, late-breaking Western swing, here's the final story with quotes from the Sixers.