Steph Curry, Jordan Poole rated in Warriors win vs. 76ers

Golden State Warriors keep stacking wins on top of wins. This time, they overcame a 19-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers by 20 points and won 116-96 to improve to 16-2.

Looks like they’re good for this whole comeback.

It’s a dominant season. I mean, look at this!

We know the collective is ingenious, but let’s look at the people who make it up. Here are our player ratings for another great win, weighted according to our expectations for each player.

Draymond Green

28 minutes, 10 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, 4 errors, 3-on-5 shooting, 0-on-1 threes, 4-on-4 free throws, +11

The Warriors got into trouble in the first half in part because of Green. He made two early mistakes and was benched. He grabbed a third late in the second quarter, but Steve Kerr let his star defender stay in the game and it proved costly as Dray picked up his fourth a few moments later.

He made up for it in the second half. It was the usual all-around display from Green, complete with some effective scores this time. And he was the main reason the Warriors kept the Sixers at just 35 points in the second half.

Grade: B

Bonus after the game: Led the team in rebounds.

Andrew Wiggins

34 minutes, 19 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 theft, 1 block, 1 turnover, 7-to-13 shooting, 2-to-6 threes, 3-to-7 penalty throws, +25

Wiggins got off to a terrible start on this game, pulling a shooting error on two of the Dubs’ first three possessions, but he missed all four of his free throws.

But after that? He called it in and took care of the business. Wiggins continued his trend of improved efficiency in scoring the ball, and also had some exceptional moments in defense.

Grade: B +

Kevon Looney

23 minutes, 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 theft, 2 blocks, 3 fouls, 3-on-6 shooting, +10

It was not a glamorous game for Looney (when is it?), But here’s a crucial statistic in this game: Andre Drummond, who is far bigger than anyone on Golden State’s list, got his shot blocked by Looney twice without making a single field goal.

Looney’s defense was huge in this one. By countering Philly’s size when necessary, he allowed the Warriors to get small whenever they wanted.

Grade: B +

Steph Curry

35 minutes, 25 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 theft, 4 turnovers, 1 foul, 9-on-16 shooting, 6-on-11 threes, 1-on-2 free throws, +29

Curry’s performance was the 20th time a player has had 25 points and 10 assists in a game this season, and the third time he has done so. It’s a sign of how dominant he is that he can put these numbers up without even having an attention-grabbing game.

But do not doubt it: he was the best player on the field by a wide margin, and the most valuable player on the field by an equally large margin.

Grade: A

Bonus after the game: Led the team in points, assists and plus / minus.

Jordan Poole

33 minutes, 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 turnovers, 4 fouls, 5-on-13 shots, 2-on-7 threes, 5-on-6 free throws, +16

Poole’s performance went far beyond what appeared in the box … and what appeared in the box was really good!

Philly’s defense on the third-year guard showed how much they respected his abilities, but he still found ways to penetrate and set up both himself and his teammates. He got into it with the Sixers – Georges Niang in particular – who set the tone for the team and the arena. And he had that buzzer-striking shot at half-time at the end of the first half that sent the Dubs into the break locker room with momentum and only down with single digits.

Just a great game.

Grade: A

Nemanja Bjelica

6 minutes, 2 points, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 0-to-2 shooting, 0-to-1 threes, 2-to-2 penalty throws, -8

Do the Warriors suppress Bjelica’s minutes so they can afford him next season? In this column I will …

Aside from jokes, Beli has only played 10 minutes together in the last two games. That was the right move in this case, as other players – primarily Juan Toscano-Anderson – proved to be the right matchup. Still weird to see.

Grade: C

Jonathan Kuminga

4 minutes, 1 point, 1 rebound, 0-on-1 shooting, 1-on-2 penalty throw, -5

Also a low minute game for Kuminga, though that is a little more understandable. Good aggression from him.

Grade: C +

Otto Porter Jr.

20 minutes, 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 4-on-5 shooting, 4-on-5 threes, +2

With Andre Iguodala out, Porter has stepped into a bigger role and he has played it brilliantly. The statistics sheet makes it look like he has been a dead eye shooter, and nothing else (nothing wrong with that), but his role and performance has been so much more.

Grade: A

Juan Toscano-Anderson

25 minutes, 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 theft, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 2 violations, 6-to-6 shots, 1-to-1 penalty throw, +21

I do not really have the words to Toscano-Anderson, who was quiet in the first half, but the catalyst for the massive run in the second half. He could not miss – literally – with a few highlights.

His defense was what will make Philly players have nightmares through the weekend, and he delivered the ball in a way that could make Curry and Green jealous. He was hardness and intangible things personified, as is almost always the case, only this time he supplemented it with glamorous statistics.

Grade: A +

Damion Lee

15 minutes, 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 theft, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls, 2-to-8 shots, 1-to-5 threes, -9

Lee has not looked the same since he missed a match with a hip injury. His magic in the early season is on a short break and he just does not look quite right.

Grade: C-

Bonus after the game: Lowest plus / minus on the team.

Gary Payton II

18 minutes, 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 fouls, 3-on-5 shooting, 0-on-2 threes, +8

Not the dynamic performance we’ve seen from GP2 lately, but still a really good game, complete with the quality decision making and elite defense that we’ll expect.

Grade: B

Wednesday’s DNPs: Moses Moody

Wednesday inactive: Chris Chiozza, Jeff Dowtin, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, James Wiseman

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