The 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 about the 3-point line and hit Lee in stride down the lane.
Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the Eastern Conference player of the week, missed 13 of 17 shots and scored 18 points.
Iguodala had scored only 26 points the first three games.
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.
CAVALIERS: Center Andrew Bynum is not sure he will regain his explosiveness after missing all of last season because of injuries to both knees.
The 7-foot Bynum said before Monday night’s 93-92 victory over Minnesota that he still feels pain in his knees, but hopes his minutes will increase as the season goes on. He hoped to play in both halves of the game, his third appearance of the season.
Bynum admitted he isn’t as explosive as he was when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers and wonders if that aspect of his game will return.
“I don’t think that’s coming back,” he said. “It makes you rely more on footwork and skills versus athleticism.”
Bynum is also dealing with the normal effects of having surgery, but is pleased with the progress he’s made.
“I feel little sharp pains here and there, but it’s nothing too bad,” he said. “I feel all right. My timing’s off, but I haven’t played in a long time. I have skills. I have talent. I just need to get my timing back.”
WIZARDS: Coach Randy Wittman was fined $20,000 by the NBA for using profane language during a postgame news conference.
Wittman swore while discussing the Wizards’ 109-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.
The coach was particularly upset with his players’ defensive effort in the game. Among his comments: “You’ve got to respect the game, your opponent. ... Everything you get is ‘No, we’re OK.’ We’re not OK. We’re 0-2. We’re not OK.”
The Wizards have since dropped to 0-3. They play the 76ers again on Wednesday.