Sixers fall flat against Golden State

February 29, 2008 10:06:34 PM PST
Brandan Wright got Golden State off to a quick start by eclipsing his career high in scoring before the end of the first quarter, Mickael Pietrus scored a season-high 23 points, and the Warriors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-97 on Friday night.

Wright, a little-used rookie, scored 11 of his 12 points -- one more than his previous best scoring game -- in the first quarter of his third start, and the Warriors never trailed on the way to their sixth win in eight games. With Andris Biedrins sidelined with an injury, Wright showed off his athleticism early with two blocked shots and a left-handed jam.

Pietrus added a spark off the bench, making all seven of his shots from the field, including three 3-pointers. Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson added 21 points apiece on a night when leading scorer Baron Davis was held to four points on 2-for-16 shooting.

Andre Miller and Rodney Carney each scored 18 points for Philadelphia. The Sixers had won eight of 10 to move into playoff contention in the weak Eastern Conference.

Both teams are eighth in their respective conferences' playoff races, but Golden State is 10 games ahead of Philadelphia on the season -- a sign of the quality difference between the two conferences. The Warriors entered the game with just a half-game lead over ninth-place Denver in the West, while the Sixers are a half-game ahead of Atlanta in the East.

The Warriors had everything clicking offensively in the first half, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Al Harrington in the second quarter to a pretty alley-oop to Ellis off an inbounds pass from Jackson late in the half. Golden State shot 60 percent for the half and led 67-52.

Chris Webber scored the first two baskets of the second half to build the lead to 19 and the Warriors were never really threatened after that.

The Sixers, on the other hand, missed their first 14 shots of the game and committed five turnovers before finally making a basket, a jumper by Miller with 4:14 to go in the opening quarter. They found their stroke a bit after that, but because of their inability to stop the Warriors they were never able to close the gap.

Notes:
The Warriors have won 29 straight games, including the playoffs, when keeping their opponent under 100 points. ... The Sixers waived G Gordan Giricek, acquired in December from Utah for Kyle Korver. ... Biedrins visited the doctor Friday and is making progress as he tries to return from an appendectomy on Feb. 21.


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