The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers played out an entertaining high-scoring encounter at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.
The defending champions came away with a 124-116 win but they certainly didn't have things all their own way and had to dig deep to secure the win.
The Warriors erased a 22-point half-time deficit against a much-improved and exciting Sixers team with a second-half onslaught.
During the contest, both teams did something that hasn't been done in 27 years and has only occurred seven times since the shot clock was introduced in 1954.
Both outfits posted 47-point quarters; the 76ers in the first - en route to a 74-point first half - and the Dubs in the third.
The visitors outscored Philly 47-15 after the break and took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter that they didn't relinquish.
By outscoring Philadelphia by 32 points in the third period, Golden State secured the biggest point differential in a single quarter since the Atlanta Hawks did it against the Charlotte Hornets back in 1994, according to Pro Basketball Reference.
The 32-point differential is tied for the largest in the 3rd quarter of ANY game in the shot clock era.
After his struggles in the loss to the Boston Celtics in their previous game, Stephen Curry came back to life and spurred the Warriors in the third quarter by pouring in 20 points and single-handedly outscoring the Sixers and sparking the comeback.
It was the 20th time in his career that he had logged at least 20 points in a quarter. The two-time MVP ended with a game-high 35 points on 11-of-22 shooting and 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.
"I was extremely aggressive in the first quarter, just didn't make the shots," Curry said. "We were more calculated in the third quarter."
The champs returned to their offensive best after scoring just 88 points against the Celtics - their lowest points total since Kevin Durant joined the team.
While the C's may have stopped them with some stingy defence, the 76ers decided to use their own offensive skills to go toe to toe with the league's best team and gave them their best shot in the opening half before normal service was resumed in the second in the Warriors' case.
"We weren't locked in, we weren't focused in the first half," head coach Steve Kerr said. "It took the embarrassment of being blown off the floor to get us going."
It was their second win over the Sixers in a week and they'll now look to start another winning streak when they face the Brooklyn Nets on the road today.