Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Lou Williams scored 25 points in Philadelphia's 105-83 win over the Warriors, on a night the Sixers paid tribute to arguably the single-greatest performance in American sports history.
Friday marked 50 years to the day in Hershey, PA, Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain, who starred at Overbrook High School in Philly, etched his name in the record books with 100 points to lead his Philadelphia Warriors over the New York Knicks.
"It was good to see the ball go in the basket, I'll tell you that. In memory of Wilt we got 105 tonight, so that was good," Sixers coach Doug Collins said.
Elton Brand had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Andre Iguodala contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Sixers, who bounced back from a 92-88 home loss to the Thunder on Wednesday. Thaddeus Young ended with 16 points, three more than teammate Jrue Holiday, as the Sixers snapped a four- game skid at home.
"The big key was the second half," Collins said. "Elton Brand had a brilliant third quarter. We gave them two offensive rebounds in the second half, turned it over twice. That's what turned the game for us. It was a great win for us."
Monta Ellis ended with 20 points and seven assists for the Warriors, who were beaten by the Sixers by a combined 50 points in the two meetings this season.
Brand had eight points and as many rebounds in the third quarter, when the Sixers started to take control. The hosts went into the period holding a 50-47 edge, but nine straight points early in the third moved the Sixers to a 63-51 lead. Lavoy Allen's hook shot ended the spurt, which got started with an Iguodala three-pointer.
The margin stood at 75-65 going to the fourth, and the double-digit remained the rest of the way. The Atlantic Division-leading Sixers led by as many as 24 down the stretch.
"They got whatever they wanted. We didn't come out of the locker room with the right mind set," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "They jumped on us and took total control of the basketball game."
Ellis had 12 first-quarter points, but Golden State trailed 25-23 after 12 minutes.
Golden State has lost four in a row in Philadelphia...The Warriors shot 40.2 percent and were outrebounded, 51-39...Before Friday, the Sixers hadn't scored 100 points in the previous 19 games -- the longest streak below the century mark since a 25-game drought from Nov. 15, 2003-Jan. 5, 2004. Their last time reaching the century mark was a 103-83 win over Washington on Jan. 23.
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