Matisse Thybulle shuts down Steph Curry, 76ers beat the Warriors 102-93
With Steph Curry on the cusp of breaking the NBA’s career three point record, the Matisse Thybulle and the 76ers held him to just 18 points and 3-for-14 from beyond the arc in South Philadelphia last night. The 76ers’ stout defensive effort held Golden State to their lowest point total of the season, and handed them their fifth loss on the season, winning the game 102-93.
The game was televised on national television, so we all knew the focus would be on Steph Curry and the all-time three point record. However, the 76ers had other plans. Danny Green came off the bench last night and Thybulle took starting duties, locked in on Curry. He held him to 2-of-13 shooting as the primary defender, including 1-of-9 from beyond the arc. Thybulle became the first player in history to block two three point attempts from Steph Curry in a single game.
Finally, the 76ers got back to playing team basketball. Five players scored in double digits last night, led by none other than Joel Embiid, who scored 26 points and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Embiid didn’t force anything last night and dominated when the opportunity presented itself. He also allowed his teammates to benefit from the double and sometimes triple teams that he attracted.
Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey combined for 30 points, 16 and 14 respectfully, and were necessary contributors. Maxey showed some range in the first quarter by drilling two corner threes. He is so fearless going to the rim, and he made a circus layup late in the game to extend the lead. Harris was the second leading scorer in this game, and was actually a solid defender against Draymond Green as well.
The 76ers’ bench played a huge role in this game, especially in the second half. Andre Drummond added quality minutes and continues to develop a strong chemistry with Shake Milton who added 10 points on the night. The Warriors looked to be pulling away towards the end of the third but the second unit brought high energy and took the momentum back for the starters when they re-entered the game.
Philadelphia might have found their identity again, the defense they played tonight against the league’s best offense proves that they are able to battle against anyone even with a defensively inefficient backcourt. The Sixers improve to 15-12 and take down the NBA’s best team, they return to action on Monday as they travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies.
I’ll leave you with this post game quote from Joel Embiid.
Trust The Process.
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