The former face of the Philadelphia 76ers, Andre Iguodala, put up a career night for the Golden State Warriors tonight. There must have been something special in Iguodala’s cheesesteak because he looked like the third member of the Splash Brothers by hitting on 6 of 9 of his three point shots in the first half. Not only was Iguodala splashing three pointers but he made some highlight plays. In the first half, Iguodala dunked home a midcourt alley-oop pass from Stephen Curry. Iguodala’s second quarter pass was probably the best pass I have ever seen. Iguodala received a pass at the three point line and in one motion threw it behind his back to David Lee for the assist under the basket.
Philadelphia was the surprise team of the NBA after starting the season 3-0. Not even the Miami Heat or Chicago Bulls could slow down their high powered offense led by rookie Michael Carter-Williams. However, Andre Iguodala and the Warriors defense shut down the 76ers offense tonight. This was not even a contest after the first quarter as the final outcome was not in real doubt.
Stephen Curry took a lot of flak recently because of his turnover problems. Curry answered his critics with his second career triple double and he didn’t even play in the 4th quarter. Although Curry had 2 turnovers he finished his night with 18 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds and 5 steals. What made Curry’s triple double so crazy was that it was hardly noticeable. The 2013 Warriors have so much depth that a triple double by Curry might not even be the best performance of the night. The real star of the night was former hometown hero Andre Iguodala who finished the night with 32 points and a career high 7 three pointers.
Tonight’s blowout victory was the perfect way for the Warriors to start their first east coast road trip of the season. Although it’s still early on in the season, it’s good to see the oft-injured Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut getting some rest. Who would have thought that Nemanja Nedovic, Ognjen Kuzmic and Kent Bazemore would be playing big minutes in the 4th quarter? The Warriors won the game 110-90 but it wasn’t nearly that close. Hopefully, tonight’s dominating win helps boost the Warriors confidence for their next three games against the Timberwolves, Spurs and Grizzlies.