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Kevin Durant explains the brilliant motivation behind the Warriors' comeback win over the 76ers

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The Golden State Warriors overturned a 22-point half-time deficit to beat the much-improved Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

The defending champions eventually rallied to a 124-116 win at Wells Fargo Center but that was after they were torched in the first half by the Sixers.

Philly poured in 47 first-quarter points on the Dubs and ended the half with 74, going into the locker room with a huge lead.

Just when it looked like the 76ers were going to pull off their biggest win of the season, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant led a third-quarter barrage by the Warriors that turned the game on its head.

The Bay Area franchise outscored the home team 47-15 in the period, with Curry dropping 20 points.

Thanks to their superstar power, the Warriors closed the game out once they took the lead and avoided a second consecutive loss.

The Oakland-based outfit had lost in their previous outing as they were shut down by the Boston Celtics on Thursday.

Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

But as well as wanting to avoid another defeat, Durant told reporters after the game that they had another reason why they were so desperate to come away with a win.

"We wanted to win this game really, really bad. After being down by so much we didn't want to lose to these guys. Especially Joel (Embiid). He would've went straight to Twitter and talked s---," Durant said, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

KD was definitely wary of becoming the latest social media victim of the Sixers big man who has already developed a habit of trolling opponents he beats.

If Embiid and his teammates had succeeded in pulling off the huge win over the champs, Durant and the rest of his team would've heard about it for some time as this was the last encounter between them in the regular season.

But the center saw the funny side of the All-Star forward's comments as he later liked the post.

Golden State Warriors v Philadelphia 76ers

'The Process' has become the NBA's king of social media and has already targeted several players in the early part of the campaign.

He posted this picture on his Instagram page shortly after the Sixers beat the Los Angeles Lakers recently, taking a shot at Lonzo Ball:

In the game before that, he went after Willie Reed of the Los Angeles Clippers after they were involved in a scuffle throughout their contest.

The big man ended the game against the Warriors with 21 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in the losing effort whilst Durant finished with 27 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

Despite playing them close in two meetings over the past week, the 76ers will now have to wait until next year to exact their revenge, unless they somehow meet in the NBA Finals.

Topics:
Joel Embiid
Philadelphia 76ers
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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