Warriors fans serenaded reserve forward Marreese Speights with the "M-V-P" chants that are usually reserved for truly valuable players during Golden State's 123-80 blowout victory over Philadelphia on Monday night.
The cheers came down during the third quarter as Speights closed in on his career-high of 28 points. As he stepped to the line to complete a three-point play, the Oracle Arena crowd had a little fun, taking a moment to salute his big night as the game was already well out of hand.
Speights would eventually check out to a standing ovation in the fourth quarter after posting a new career-high of 32 points (on 12-for-15 shooting). He added eight rebounds and three blocks in 26 minutes.
"I was like, 'Wow, they're really doing this right now?'" a surprised Speights said afterwards, according to the Bay Arena News Group.
Monday night marked the second straight embarrassment for the Sixers, who lost by 45 points to the Clippers on Sunday. Philadelphia became just the second team in NBA history to lose two straight games by at least 40 points each, joining the 1993-94 Sixers.
Speights, 26, entered the game averaging 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game. His PER of 13.5 ranked 46th among qualified power forwards and his previous season-high was 16 points.The sixth-year forward was selected in the first round of the 2008 draft by the Sixers and he spent the first three seasons of his career in Philadelphia. Speights signed with the Warriors last summer.