Two weeks earlier, Detroit Falcons head coach Glenn Curtis was fighting for his job and the team’s 58-56 win over the Warriors ignited a three-game winning streak and temporarily took the pressure off. However, a pair of losses after the streak spelled the end for Curtis. His replacement was 44-year-old Philip Sachs, a one-time coach of the independent Detroit Gems, before that team had joined the BAA’s rival, the National Basketball League, and eventually quasi-morphed into the Minneapolis Lakers.
Sachs would make his BAA debut hosting the Warriors in Detroit. The Warriors were coming off an exhausting overtime win at home over Cleveland and were probably not in top physical shape for the contest. The team was still barely keeping their head above water at 17-15 still well back of the Washington Capitols.
Their fatigue showed early as the Falcons took advantage to amass a 32-25 lead. By the end of the third quarter the Warriors had narrowed the gap to 46-42, while Joe Fulks started to find his shot. Early in the fourth quarter, the visitors closed to tie the game at 48, the Jerry Fleishman‘s bucket gave Philadelphia a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Though the Falcons held tough to the end, the Warriors earned a 61-55 victory in the first of back-to-back road games. Fulks led all scorers with 23. Stan Miasek, Fulks’ top points rival in the league, paced the Falcons with 14.
The Warriors improved to 18-15, 9 games back in the Eastern Division. Detroit fell to 12-23, just one game out of the cellar in the West.
January 25, 1947
Warriors 61, Falcons 55
Philadelphia ? (25) 17 19 – 61
Detroit ? (32) 10 13 -55
BAA Eastern Division standings at the end of the day (courtesy ShrpSports):
Washington 27-6 .818
New York 18-14 .562 8 1/2
Philadelphia 18-15 .545 9
Providence 14-17 .452 12
Toronto 12-20 .375 14 1/2
Boston 12-23 .343 16