Warriors finding their stride without stars - Lee goes for 24 points, leads Warriors over Sixers 118-114

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One of the silver linings that has emerged from the cloudy hell of this injury-plagued season is how pure each and every win feels.

The Golden State Warriors played without Stephen Curry (late scratch with the not Coronavirus flu) but still came out ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers. In an entertaining and close game, it was the Warriors that pulled away in the 4th quarter, outscoring Philadelphia 36 to 24. With both teams playing extremely short handed, this was a loose game that showcased how valuable this season has been for Golden State’s player development.

Damion Lee was the player of the game, putting up 24 points and 6 rebounds and responding with poise after some unfortunate misplays in the closing plays of the previous game.

We’ll be back tomorrow for a full review of this game, but I just want to take a moment to praise the Warriors season.

It’s been hard to watch at times, but the team has always come with effort, and you can see the positive impacts of the development in some of the team’s young players.

The Lee and Eric Paschall duo has only seen 15 wins this season, but there are some rays of hope shining through the clouds here in San Francisco.

Paschall continues to shine. His combination of strength and athleticism is going to be a problem - especially if he continues to develop his passing game and other aspects of his game. He looks like the hardest player to stop in isolation, a weapon that the Warriors will sorely need now that Kevin Durant is working his long-limbed magic for another team.

The Warriors have also hit on (or at least have been getting really solid games out of) their marginal signings. Marquese Chriss had a critical block that made me stand up and yell in my living room.

Clutch.

On a related note, the team with the league’s second best record, the Cleveland Cavaliers got a win tonight as well, so draft positioning is unchanged. Dub Nation parties with a free conscious tonight!

Mulder update

Mychal Mulder, named after Klay Thompson’s dad, shooter of sweet threes, clearly belongs with Golden State. Sadly, this was the last game on the Warriors 10-day contract.

He continued his strong play, finishing with 18 points, 3 assists and a rebound.

After a rough start, Mulder finishes his 10-day contract shooting a solid 34.2% from behind the arc.

Servant of Luna’s Stats and Warriors Wonders

Top players:

Sixers:

Horford: (+1)

22 points 9/16 FGs 2/5 three pointers 2/2 FTs

10 rebounds (1 off.) 7 assists 4 turnovers 1 steal

Harris: (-7)

24 points 10/23 FGs 1/5 three pointers 3/3 FTs

4 rebounds (1 off.) 4 assists 2 turnovers 1 steal

Milton: (-6, 3rd place)

14 points 5/10 FGs 1/3 three pointers 3/4 FTs

3 rebounds (2 off.) 3 assists 1 steal

Robinson III: (-9, 3rd place)

15 points 4/5 FGs 2/2 three pointers 5/5 FTs

6 rebounds (1 off.) 3 assists 1 steal 1 block

Honorable mention:

Neto: (+2)

11 points 3/4 FGs 1/1 three pointer 4/4 FTs

3 assists 1 turnover

Burks: (+2)

11 points 4/8 FGs 2/6 three pointers 1/2 FTs

4 rebounds(1 off.) 2 assists

Warriors:

Paschall: (+8)

23 points 8/12 FGs 0/1 three pointer 7/7 FTs

3 rebounds 6 assists 1 turnover

Lee: (+1)

24 points 10/17 FGs 3/8 three pointers 1/1 FT

6 rebounds (1 off.) 3 assists 2 turnovers

Chriss: (+12, 3rd place)

13 points 6/9 FGs 0/1 three pointer 1/1 FT

10 rebounds (3 off.) 8 assists 1 steal 1 block

Mulder: (+15, 3rd place)

18 points 5/10 FGs 3/7 three pointers 5/6 FTs

1 rebound 3 assists

Honorable mention:

Poole: (-5)

11 points 5/11 FGs 1/4 three pointers 0/2 FTs

1 rebound 2 assists 3 turnovers 1 steal

Wiggins: (+8)

10 points 3/10 FGs 4/7 FTs

4 rebounds (1 off.) 4 assists 1 turnover 1 steal 1 block

Team Stats

76ers:

48.8% shooting (41/84 FGs)

13/34 three pointers

19/22 FTs

41 rebounds (11 off.)

29 assists

11 turnovers

3 steals

2 blocks

Warriors:

55.0% shooting (44/80 FGs)

9/25 three pointers

21/28 FTs

35 rebounds (7 off.)

30 assists

7 turnovers

4 steals

2 blocks

Points in paint:

Sixers: 54

Warriors: 60

Fastbreak points:

Sixers: 5

Warriors: 9

Points off turnovers:

Sixers: 9

Warriors: 18

Bench points:

Sixers: 40

Warriors: 47