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Curry scores 35, Warriors rally to beat 76ers 124-116

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A 22-point halftime deficit was no big deal for the defending NBA champions.

Stephen Curry scored 35 points, Kevin Durant had 27 and the Golden State Warriors rallied for a 124-116 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

''We take everybody's best shot every night but they fight and fortunately we turned it around,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Joel Embiid scored 21 points and Ben Simmons had 23 points and 12 assists for Philadelphia, which led 47-28 after one quarter and 74-52 at the half.

But the Warriors erased that large deficit with a furious rally in the third quarter. Curry's 3-pointer got them within one point. He then made a pair of free throws to give Golden State a 90-89 lead.

The two-time NBA MVP hit another 3 and Draymond Green blew past a defender for a dunk to make it 99-89 going into the fourth.

''I was extremely aggressive in the first quarter, just didn't make the shots,'' Curry said. ''We were more calculated in the third quarter.''

A raucous, sellout crowd that chanted ''Trust the Process'' most of the night went silent while the Warriors put on a shooting clinic in the second half.

Even veteran David West came off the bench and made big shots in the fourth quarter to give the Warriors distance. He finished with 14 points. Klay Thompson had 16.

''We weren't locked in, we weren't focused in the first half,'' Kerr said. ''It took the embarrassment of being blown off the floor to get us going.''

Embiid was coming off a career-best performance - 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks, seven assists - in a 115-109 win at the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

It looked as if he was on his way to another monster game in the first quarter. Embiid embraced the frenzied fans and slapped hands with a guy sitting courtside after a dunk.

But the Warriors showed why they're the best by stifling Philadelphia in the second half to improve to 12-4.

The Sixers, who lost 135-114 at Golden State one week ago, fell to 8-7.

''We have to play for 48 minutes,'' Embiid said.

Playing his first game since receiving a lucrative contract extension, Robert Covington had 20 points for Philly.

Back home for the first time following a five-game road trip to the West Coast, the Sixers showed no jet lag in the first half.

They jumped ahead 15-4 following a 3-pointer by Embiid. Covington stripped Durant and hit a 3 to make it 37-18, electrifying the crowd.

Durant's dunk off Green's alley-oop pass got the Warriors within 70-51 late in the second. But Embiid finished off the half with a dunk that sent the Sixers into the locker room up 74-52.

''We have to focus, we have to take care of the ball and handle our defensive assignments,'' Simmons said.

TIME-OUT TIMES TWO

Kerr called a pair of timeouts minutes apart in the first half. The second one came after the play he designed wasn't run the way he drew it up. Curry took the blame for that one.

''I forgot the play,'' he said. ''Four dribbles in, I didn't know what I was supposed to do with the ball.''

RESPECT THE PROCESS

Embiid, Simmons and the rest of the young Sixers left an impression on the Warriors.

''They're gonna be a load coming up for years,'' Durant said. ''You're seeing a team that you should start following.''

Kerr praised Philadelphia's dynamic 1-2 punch.

''Embiid and Simmons are different,'' he said. ''You don't see that anymore. Simmons is incredibly gifted. The two of them together are difficult to cover.''

TIP-INS

Warriors: The 47 points allowed in the first quarter was their most given up in any quarter since Portland had 48 in the fourth quarter of a game on Nov. 14, 1992.

76ers: J.J. Redick scored 20 points, and Dario Saric had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Continue their four-game road trip Sunday afternoon at Brooklyn.

76ers: Host Utah on Monday night.

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Key Players
K. Durant
35 F
J. Embiid
21 C
29.0 Min. Per Game 29.0
23.0 Pts. Per Game 23.0
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
11.2 Reb. Per Game 11.2
53.3 Field Goal % 51.0
52.3 Three Point % 51.0
86.5 Free Throw % 76.3
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant 0:01
  T.J. McConnell missed jump shot 0:04
+ 1 Klay Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:15
+ 1 Klay Thompson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:15
  Personal foul on JJ Redick 0:15
  Personal foul on Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot 0:16
+ 3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by T.J. McConnell 0:27
  Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Dario Saric 0:34
  Team rebound 0:54
  Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Stephen Curry 0:54
Team Stats
Points 124 116
Field Goals 50-92 (54.3%) 47-96 (49.0%)
3-Pointers 7-23 (30.4%) 10-28 (35.7%)
Free Throws 17-20 (85.0%) 12-16 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 54 44
Offensive 12 10
Defensive 37 29
Team 5 5
Assists 25 28
Steals 5 8
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 12 12
Fouls 18 22
Technicals 1 2
35 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
23 PTS, 8 REB, 12 AST
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away team logo Warriors 12-4 28244725124
home team logo 76ers 8-7 47271527116
Team Stats
away team logo Warriors 12-4 110.4 PPG 45 RPG 26.0 APG
home team logo 76ers 8-7 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
Key Players
S. Curry G 26.4 PPG 5.1 RPG 6.1 APG 49.5 FG%
B. Simmons G 15.8 PPG 8.1 RPG 8.2 APG 54.5 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Curry G 35 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
B. Simmons G 23 PTS 8 REB 12 AST
54.3 FG% 49.0
30.4 3PT FG% 35.7
85.0 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Curry 34 35 5 5 0 1 2 1 11/22 4/9 9/9 0 5 49 +3
K. Durant 32 27 5 3 2 2 4 0 11/20 1/6 4/6 1 4 38 -10
K. Thompson 36 17 4 1 0 0 1 2 7/17 1/3 2/2 0 4 22 -2
Z. Pachulia 15 10 4 1 1 0 3 4 4/6 0/0 2/3 2 2 14 -4
D. Green 35 8 7 8 1 2 0 5 4/6 0/1 0/0 2 5 34 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Curry 34 35 5 5 0 1 2 1 11/22 4/9 9/9 0 5 49 +3
K. Durant 32 27 5 3 2 2 4 0 11/20 1/6 4/6 1 4 38 -10
K. Thompson 36 17 4 1 0 0 1 2 7/17 1/3 2/2 0 4 22 -2
Z. Pachulia 15 10 4 1 1 0 3 4 4/6 0/0 2/3 2 2 14 -4
D. Green 35 8 7 8 1 2 0 5 4/6 0/1 0/0 2 5 34 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. West 13 14 7 1 0 0 1 1 7/8 0/1 0/0 1 6 22 +5
S. Livingston 15 4 4 2 0 0 0 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 2 2 12 +4
N. Young 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 2 5 +13
O. Casspi 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 3 -4
K. Looney 9 2 5 2 1 1 0 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 2 13 +19
A. Iguodala 25 2 4 1 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 4 7 +14
J. McGee 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -7
P. McCaw 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 231 124 49 25 5 6 12 18 50/92 7/23 17/20 12 37 222 +40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Simmons 37 23 8 12 1 0 1 3 11/15 0/0 1/2 2 6 55 +7
J. Embiid 33 21 8 3 0 1 5 4 7/16 1/4 6/8 2 6 31 -10
J. Redick 37 20 1 2 1 0 1 2 8/16 2/4 2/2 1 0 25 -16
R. Covington 35 20 6 1 2 1 1 3 6/13 5/11 3/3 1 5 30 +5
D. Saric 37 13 10 4 2 1 2 2 6/17 1/4 0/0 3 7 32 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Simmons 37 23 8 12 1 0 1 3 11/15 0/0 1/2 2 6 55 +7
J. Embiid 33 21 8 3 0 1 5 4 7/16 1/4 6/8 2 6 31 -10
J. Redick 37 20 1 2 1 0 1 2 8/16 2/4 2/2 1 0 25 -16
R. Covington 35 20 6 1 2 1 1 3 6/13 5/11 3/3 1 5 30 +5
D. Saric 37 13 10 4 2 1 2 2 6/17 1/4 0/0 3 7 32 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 24 11 1 2 1 0 1 3 5/12 1/5 0/0 0 1 16 -6
R. Holmes 14 6 4 1 0 1 1 2 3/4 0/0 0/1 0 4 12 +2
T. McConnell 19 2 1 3 1 1 0 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 0 11 -12
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 116 39 28 8 5 12 22 47/96 10/28 12/16 10 29 212 -40