OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it would be difficult for DeMarcus Cousins to follow Joel Embiid at this stage, given that Cousins comes from return from an absence of one year following a serious Achilles tendon injury.
Embiid had 26 points and 20 rebounds to spoil the Cousins' home debut with the Warriors, and the Philadelphia 76ers eliminated the Golden State's best 11-game winning streak with a 113-104 win on Thursday night.
Philadelphia has not won any game in the series for nearly six years. Ben Simmons also scored 26 points and JJ Redick added 15 points for the Sixers, who took 16 offensive rebounds to give them 10 points or more in five straight games and 11 of 15.
"It's a fantastic victory. This group – including mine – we did not beat the Golden State, "said 76ers coach Brett Brown. "To do it on the road, do it in front of their fans against a team that is as good and has won so much following, it's a good night."
Embiid missed all five of his three and made eight turnovers, but he also had five assists and two interceptions.
"I wanted this game," said Cousins.
Stephen Curry scored 41 points with 10 points at 3 points, six assists, and the Cousins contributed with seven points, six rebounds and six assists.
Kevin Durant scored three points with 4:52 left to reduce the deficit to 102-96, but Draymond Green made a mistake moments later and received a technique for arguing.
Durant scored 25 of 11 shots on 24, but missed seven of his eight 3-point attempts.
Curry's base point 3 with a remaining 2 minutes and 46 seconds reduced Philadelphia's lead to 106-101, and he scored another with over a minute to make a six-point game.
Curry shot 14 for 27, 10 of 18 on 3, and tossed a long 3 in the middle of the first while scissoring in the air before raising his arm to celebrate a few moments later.
"The shots did not fall in the second half," Curry said. "They have not been trapped by our shopping."
Alfonzo McKinnie of Golden State scored 11 points on his five shots. He is in his 56th game for the first time in his career after Klay Thompson was injured.
The Warriors will try to find their way home Saturday against the Lakers, who left Oracle Arena on Christmas Eve with a win of 127-101 despite the loss of LeBron James in the third quarter due to injury in the left groin. James came back from a 17-game absence Thursday night against the Clippers for his first game since the injury.
Cousins played 3 for 10 and played 25 minutes in his sixth game overall since returning from an operation to repair a broken left Achilles tendon that he had injured last January at New Orleans.
"Obviously, I'm still not where I want to be," said Cousins. "… I pull my tail. Just be patient.
The Sixers scored 95-84 at the end of the third quarter on the Embiid basket, outperforming Golden State by 42-26 in the quarter.
Golden State, which has a double-digit winning streak for the sixth straight season and is starting a 5-0 road trip, shot 46.6 percent to 11 points over 38 deep.
The Warriors have seen a series of 10 consecutive wins against the Sixers, as well as a six-game unbeaten run in the series at Oracle.
Before the game, Kerr was wearing a Jackie Robinson t-shirt on the occasion of what would have been the Centenary of the Hall of Fame and before Black History Month.
"For those of us who are in the world of sport, Jackie Robinson probably represents Black History Month, as well as any other person who could, the impact and the difficulties to which he was confronted, the success that he had and the roads he paved for so many people in this country was very inspiring, "Kerr said.
76ers: F. Wilson Chandler injured his right quadriceps in the third quarter and did not return. … The Sixers are 14-5 against their Western Conference opponents, the best score of any Eastern team facing the other conference. … Redick scored double-digit in 59 consecutive games on March 26, 2018, against Denver. … The previous win of the 76ers in the series was a 104-97 victory on March 2, 2013 in Philly. … Philadelphia made 19 free throws to have his series of games with 20 or more broken at 34.
Warriors: Thompson was named Reserve of Stars, his fifth consecutive selection. The Warriors have at least three stars in four consecutive seasons for the first time since 1960-1963. … Durant has scored 20 points or more in 37 of the last 39 games. … Green got another 10 assists to give him 92 assists, 16 turnovers in his last 10 games, including 68 assists and 12 turnovers in the last seven. … Jonas Jerebko shared a photo of his new daughter, Céline, born at 7:50 am Wednesday to join her big sister, Izabel. He had planned to return to the hospital after the match to see the woman and her baby, Johanna.
76ers: Sacramento on Saturday night.
Warriors: Welcome the Lakers Saturday night, when the former Golden State Center, JaVale McGee, will receive his champion ring.