PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Evan Turner just had to send a good-natured text to Andre Iguodala after Philadelphia ran its record to 3-0.
Iguodala tormented his former team with a game better than any he ever played in eight seasons with the 76ers. He made a career-high seven 3-pointers, scored 32 points, had one behind-the-back assist for the highlight reel, and the Golden State Warriors handed Philadelphia its first loss of the season, 110-90 on Monday night.
“I got a good look or two, and confidence started flowing,” Iguodala said.
Stephen Curry had 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his second career triple-double.
The overachieving 76ers (3-1) were one of the early surprises of the season. Iguodala, a former Sixers All-Star, brought them back to reality.
Iguodala was sensational, setting the pace early with six 3s and 27 points in the first half. He also made the play of the young season, a behind-the-back, midair assist to David Lee. Iguodala whipped it from the corner at about the 3-point line and hit Lee in stride down the lane.
“When I was here, that was just natural to me to make plays like that,” Iguodala said.
Curry had a perfect view from the other side of the court of Iguodala’s catch-and-release pass.
“I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of that on TV the next couple of days,” he said.
Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the Eastern Conference player of the week, missed 13 of 17 shots and scored 18 points.
The preseason Las Vegas pick as the worst team in the NBA, the Sixers beat Miami and Chicago to put them on the brink of their first 4-0 start since 2000-01.
Staying undefeated was never much of an option after the opening minutes.
Iguodala hit three 3s in the first quarter to torment his former team and help Golden State build a 16-point lead. Iguodala was traded in 2012 to Denver as part of a four-team trade that saw the Sixers land Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum. Bynum never played a second for the Sixers and signed with Cleveland. Iguodala left the Nuggets to sign with the Warriors.
Iguodala had scored only 26 points the first three games.
“I wasn’t even thinking about scoring,” Iguodala said. “It just kind of happened liked that.”