5 observations – The Athletic

Here are five observations from the Warriors’ 116-96 home win over the Sixers on Wednesday night, jumping their record to 16-2.

1. Ho-hum 20-point win

This wasn’t an impressive Warriors performance. The fatigued, injured Sixers were on the 13th day of a six-city road trip, still without Joel Embiid or Tobias Harris, their two best players. The Warriors had two practice days prior. They were favored by double digits and they went down double digits.

The Philadelphia lead actually ballooned to 19 at one point. It was the largest Warriors deficit of the season and probably their most lifeless first half. But great teams work their way out of duds, and the Warriors, twice this past week — at Cleveland being the other — have flipped an understandable clunker into a comeback win. They fell down 15 to the Cavaliers and won by 15. They were down 19 to the Sixers and won by 20.

That’s now nine consecutive double-digit home wins, by margins of 21, 22, 41, 13, 14, 13, 26, 15 and 20. It’s been a soft, home-heavy early-season schedule for the Warriors. We’ll learn more about them next week, as they face the Clippers in Los Angeles before a home-and-home with the Suns. But, to this point, they’ve looked every bit the part of a legit top seed.

2. Poole’s passing

The Warriors were down nine at the half.

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