It was a well-contested, back-and-forth first quarter as the Golden State Warriors trail the Philadelphia 76ers 31-25. There were 8 ties in the first quarter between these teams, and is shaping up to be a dogfight early on in the game.
After dropping 40 points for the forth time of the season against the Celtics on Friday, Monta Ellis was looking to continue his aggressiveness early, he finished the quarter with 4 points on 2-6 shooting. Steph Curry added 5 along with two blocks, Dorell Wirght had 6 points, David Lee had 4.
The Warriors were doing the little things well in the first quarter, forcing seven Sixer turnovers, taking charges, showed some good ball movement, and spread the floor well. The highlight of the quarter was a Steph Curry alley-oop to Dorell Wright with about 3 minutes left in the period. Rookie Ekpe Udoh was struggling with his post-up defense in the first quarter, leading to some easy buckets and a couple of and 1’s for the Sixers. He left the quarter early with three quick fouls, four points, five rebounds, an assist, and a block. The W’s were 0-5 from 3 point range in that quarter.
Philadelphia shot over 50% from the period with Jru Holiday leading the Sixers offensively with 11 points on 5-8 shooting.