NBA: The Warriors move closer to the Rockets after beating the Sixers

Seth Curry’s determined comeback attempt against Steph Curry’s basketball dynasty has crashed in vain, as the NBA Warriors ended Philadelphia’s playoff hopes with a big win on Sunday.

Steph Curry scored 30 points, with Kevin Durant adding 26 as the Warriors beat Philadelphia 116-96.

The victory kept the Warriors’ quest for an NBA record fourth consecutive title in hot pursuit of James Harden’s Houston Rockets.

The Warriors (49-16) are now just two wins behind the second-placed Rockets, while Philadelphia are just a half-game ahead of the Utah Jazz in fifth.

It was the first matchup of NBA teams since Stephen Curry suffered a season-ending injury last month.

Sonny Weems’ three-pointer with 3:55 left sparked a 10-0 Philadelphia run.

Curry countered with a three-pointer to draw the Warriors within 83-80, and a three-pointer by Curry followed by a basket by Durant gave the Warriors a 100-91 lead after three quarters.

Moments later, Durant scored a layup to push the Warriors’ lead to 11. The scoring did not slow down after the mid-point of the fourth, with both teams scoring 25 points.

After getting the Sixers back into the game, Curry pushed the Warriors’ lead to 18 with seven minutes left. Curry missed all six of his three-point attempts in the second half, but still ended up with nine overall.

Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler had 24 points and added 13 rebounds. Dennis Smith Jr added 22 points. Joel Embiid scored 20 points but went 5-for-21 from the field.

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