Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/29/12
OAKLAND -- David Lee scored both right- and left-handed during a personal 8-3 flurry late in the game as the Golden State Warriors held off a Philadelphia 76ers rally en route to a 96-89 victory Friday night at Oracle Arena. Down 20 midway through the third period, the 76ers used a 17-3 burst to get back into the game. They trimmed the Warriors' lead to five at 82-77 with 8:09 left in the game following a pair of Lavoy Allen buckets. But Lee dropped in a right-handed hoop in the lane and followed with a pair of left-handed interior baskets to more than offset a Royal Ivey 3-pointer at the other end. And when Lee went outside for a 16-footer, the Warriors had a 90-80 advantage they we able to massage into their 20th win of the season. Lee (25 points, 12 rebounds) and backup Carl Landry (15 points, 11 rebounds) recorded double-doubles for the Warriors, who won for a 12th time in 14 games against Eastern Conference competition this season. Jarrett Jack added 16 points in another key role off the bench. Playing their third of eight consecutive games on the road, the 76ers were badly outscored in two critical areas of concern -- 3-point shooting (21-15) and free throws (21-14). They hit only five of their 20 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Jrue Holiday had 21 points and 10 assists and Thaddeus Young provided 19 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors, who were coming off a 99-89 win at Memphis. A 3-point play -- including a rare successful free throw -- by Andris Biedrins maxed out the Warriors lead at 72-52 with 4:59 remaining in the third quarter. Holiday and Nick Young buried 3s during the 76ers' subsequent 17-3 run, which made it a 75-69 game. Jack stalled the rally with a 20-footer, and when Klay Thompson nailed a 3 of his own, the Golden State lead was back to double digits at 80-69 in the final seconds of the period. The Warriors initially broke open a close game late in the first half thanks in large part to, of all things, a broken shoe. The 76ers appeared primed to cut into a 38-34 deficit when Dorell Wright raced ahead of the pack en route to the hoop after a steal. But the ex-Warrior ran out of his right shoe along the way and had to abort the drive, pulling the ball out to the corner as both teams recovered to the defensive end. During the Philadelphia possession, Golden State's Jack picked up Wright's shoe and tossed it into the crowd, forcing the 76ers eventually to call a timeout so he could get his shoe back. In the meantime, Jack buried a 3-pointer on a Warriors possession during which Wright played shoeless. To add insult to injury, when Wright received his shoe during the 76ers' timeout, he found it to be broken and thus could not rejoin his team on the court after the short break. In fact, he spent another 2-and-a-half minutes on the bench while a new pair was retrieved from the Philadelphia locker room. By the time Wright re-entered the game, the 76ers were down 51-40. He went on to miss three shots in the final 1:55 of the half and the Warriors extended their advantage to 57-42 by halftime. Jack (13 points) and fellow reserve Landry (12 points) combined for 25 points in the half as Golden State outscored the visitors 25-6 off the bench. Landry also found time for seven rebounds, helping the Warriors own the boards to the tune of 30-19 in the half. NOTES: The game pitted teams missing their starting centers named Andrew, with neither organization willing to guess when the 76ers' Bynum (bilateral knee bone bruises) and the Warriors' Bogut (left foot surgery) will return. ... Both clubs are back in action Saturday night, the 76ers in Portland after a two-hour flight north and the Warriors at home again against Boston. ... The Celtics' visit tips off a stretch of eight games for Golden State against teams currently .500 or better. Half the matchups are with division leaders. ... The 76ers and Warriors have both benefited from a three-team trade in the off-season that landed Wright in Philadelphia and Jack in Oakland. Wright recently got promoted to the 76ers' starting lineup, while Jack is an early candidate for the NBA's Sixth Man Award. ... A trade that didn't go so well for the Warriors was the one that sent current 76er Jason Richardson to Charlotte shortly after the 2007 playoffs. The Warriors, who upset Western top-seed Dallas in those playoffs, have not made the postseason since. ... Richardson, the 76ers' fourth-leading scorer, was cleared to play before the game after having missed Wednesday's win at Memphis with a lower-back strain. ... Asked before the game if he thought the Warriors had "staying power" after their 19-10 start, 76ers coach Doug Collins responded with a definitive: Yes. "They're a feel-good team. When you watch them play, it looks like they like to play," the ex-broadcaster observed. "They've got depth and they've got good chemistry."
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