No 40-point blowout for the Warriors.
But they'll take the win, even if they can't be proud of their performance.
After clobbering the 76ers by at least 40 points in their last two meetings, the Warriors were downright lackluster in slipping out of Philadelphia with an 89-84 victory Monday night at Wells Fargo Center.
The victory was painful – literally and figuratively – as Draymond Green left the game in the fourth quarter after rolling his right ankle when getting tangled up with 76ers center Nerlens Noel.
Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry's 20 points (7-of-20 shooting), but the bench made a significant impact. Reserve guard Leandro Barbosa scored 16 points in 20 minutes, Andre Iguodala put in 13 and Marreese Speights added 10.
Klay Thompson rounded out the leading scorers, with 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting. Thompson and Curry combined to shoot 4-of-18 beyond the arc, as the Warriors settled for making 24.1 percent from deep and 40 percent overall.
The Warriors (41-9) generally shot as if newly introduced to the game of basketball and jumped as if wearing steel-reinforced work boots. So thoroughly were they outrebounded and outhustled – even outshot by the least accurate team in the league. Philly shot 41.8 percent from the floor.
It was, for the Warriors, as if their desire needle was stuck in neutral.
Leave it to the atrocious 76ers to give them a push, ensuring that the team with the best record in the NBA maintained its status.
Philadelphia (12-41) committed 27 turnovers, off which the Warriors scored 35 points. The Sixers outscored the Warriors 46-40 in the paint and 16-5 on second-chance points.
The honors are shared by center Andrew Bogut, with Andre Iguodala representing the bench brigade.
Bogut scored only 4 points, but grabbed nine rebounds, blocked two shots and altered at least a half-dozen others.
Iguodala finished with 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Leading 65-61 with 34.9 seconds left in the third quarter, the Warriors went on a 16-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarter, taking an 81-63 led with 9:05 to left to play.
Most of the damage was done by reserves, as Speights and Barbosa each scored 6 points during the rally.
The 76ers got no closer than four the rest of the way.
The Warriors listed no injuries before the game, but Green left in the fourth quarter with a foot/ankle injury and did not return.
The Warriors head for Minneapolis, where they face the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on Wednesday night.