Basketball / Sports

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) looks for an open man around Philadelphia 76ers defender Thadeus Young during the second quarter of an NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

76ers pounded again, lose 123-80

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The 76ers have hit rock bottom. How else can you explain their first two performances on this three-game West Coast road trip?

One night after losing by 45 points, they suffered a 123-80 setback to the Golden State Warriors on Monday at the Oracle Arena.

The Sixers (15-38) joined the franchise's 1993-94 squad as the NBA's only teams to lose consecutive games by 40-plus points. That team suffered defeats of 48 and 45 points.

On Monday, they were done in by former Sixer Marreese Speights and a 3-point barrage.

Speights came off the bench to score a career-high 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting. He also finished with eight rebounds. The Warriors (31-21) made 12 of 29 three-pointers. Six came from point guard Stephen Curry, who finished with 23 points and a game-high eight assists.

Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 24 points on 8-for-18 shooting. The loss was their seventh straight and their 17th in 20 games.

Golden State gave out Wilt Chamberlain San Francisco Warriors bobblehead dolls.

The Sixers were eager to get back on the court after Sunday's embarrassing 123-78 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles. They made just eight first-half shots and trailed by 56 points midway through the third quarter that night.

"That at times (was) a surreal environment that we were playing in (Sunday) night," 76ers coach Brett Brown said. "We want to get going. We feel we are a lot better than we showed. We feel like we want to get back on the court."

They also felt like they had the perfect formula for beating Golden State.

"Obviously, we've got to control Steph Curry," swingman Evan Turner said before the game. "And you can't give shooters open shots."

The one thing they didn't do was account for Speights. And who would have blamed them?

The 6-foot-10, 255-pound forward/center came into Monday night's game averaging just 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds and 11.9 minutes.

The former Sixer got extended minutes in this game because of injuries to starting center Andrew Bogut (shoulder inflammation) and backup Jermaine O'Neal (right wrist surgery). Speights made the most of them.

The sixth-year veteran was called in for David Lee with 4 minutes, 31 second left in the first quarter. He went on to make his first seven shots from the field and his first five foul shots en route to 22 first-half points. Speights' previous season high for a game was 16 points against the Houston Rockets in December.

Speights was so dominant that he received a standing ovation when he was relieved with 1:52 before intermission.

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