December 10, 1946

The Warriors set a new season high in scoring and got their fourth win in the last five games, beating the Toronto Huskies, 85-73 at Maple Leaf Gardens. The 85 points bested the previous mark of 81 set in the season opener against Pittsburgh. As usual, Joe Fulks led the way with 29 points, his second-highest total of the campaign. Mike McCarron was Toronto’s high scorer with 24. The game was won in the second quarter when the Warriors 12 point halftime lead and held serve the rest of the way.

Next up

The team would head back to Philadelphia to host the 11-3 Washington Capitols on the 12th.

Philadelphia Inquirer

Eastern Division standings through December 10

New York133.813-
Washington113.7861
Philadelphia75.5834
Providence69.4006.5
Toronto511.3138
Boston314.17610.5

December 8, 1946

Joe Fulks got 25, but it wasn’t enough as the Cleveland Rebels rode the scoring of Frankie Baumholtz (23 points) and the rebounding of Kenny Sailors to a 72-66 win over the Warriors in Cleveland. Philadelphia took a two-point lead into halftime, but the Rebels surged ahead in the third period and stayed there to the finish. The Warriors got to within a point late, but Cleveland beat back the challenge.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Referee William Solodare warned Philadelphia coach Eddie Gottlieb to refrain from ‘umpiring from the bench.’ Gottlieb had been riding the official throughout most of the first two periods.”

Next up

The Warriors would continue their road trip, going north of the border to take on the 5-10 Toronto Huskies on the 10th.

Standings through December 8

New York133.813-
Washington113.7861
Philadelphia65.5454.5
Providence69.4006.5
Toronto510.3337.5
Boston314.17610.5

December 7, 1946

The Warriors beat the St Louis Bombers tonight, 57-47, but lost their top scorer in the process. As was becoming common in arenas around the Basketball Association of America, the floor was slick due to condensation caused by the hockey ice underneath. A number of players took spills during the game, including Joe Fulks, who was carried off the court in the third quarter, with a possible groin pull. Before he left, he scored 18 points, the top mark for either team. Eddie Gottlieb said Fulks was doubtful for the team’s next game in Cleveland. The moisture wasn’t the only foreign substance on the court. In the second quarter, St Louis fans became so agitated with referee Pat Kennedy that they pelted him with “oranges and other debris” forcing a stoppage of play for clean-up.

The Warriors led throughout as the Bombers shot just 17% from the field. Johnny Logan led St Louis with 17 points. Angelo Musi chipped in 16 for the Warriors.

Next up

The Warriors would next play the 6-6 Rebels in Cleveland tomorrow night.

Philadelphia Inquirer
St Louis Globe-Democrat
St Louis Post-Dispatch

Eastern Division standings through December 7

New York123.800-
Washington113.7860.5
Philadelphia64.6003.5
Providence69.4006
Toronto510.3337
Boston313.1889.5

December 5, 1946

The New York Knicks were riding a nine-game winning streak when they came into Philadelphia, but the Warriors put an end to it, beating them 62-51 at the Arena. The Warriors got out to an 11-point lead in the first before the Knicks crept back in to take a small lead in the third, but the home team rode fine scoring performances by Angelo Musi (20 points) and Joe Fulks (19) to take command of the game in final quarter and get the win. Ralph Kaplowitz led the Knicks with 13 points.

Next up

The Warriors were off to St Louis to play the 11-3 Bombers, leaders of the Western Division, on the 7th.

Philadelphia Inquirer

Eastern Division standings through December 5

New York113.786-
Washington103.7690.5
Philadelphia54.5563.5
Providence68.4295
Toronto410.2867
Boston312.2008.5

 

December 3, 1946

Joe Fulks set a new league mark for scoring as the Warriors beat the Providence Steamrollers at home, 79-68. Granted, the league was barely a month old, but Fulks’s 37 points set the Arena crowd on its ear, besting the 33 scored by Cleveland’s Leo Magus on November 19 in Toronto. It took a lot of work to get there, though, as scoring percentages were pretty rough for both teams. Fulks went just 16-for-50 and the Warriors shot only 27.5 percent from the floor. Providence was only marginally better at 27.9.

The Steamrollers built a 14-point lead early in the second quarter, but Jumping Joe and his teammates got hot after that and went ahead 44-38 at the half and weren’t headed after that. Earl Shannon led Providence with 18 points.

Singled out

Fred Byrod, the Warriors beat reporter for the Inquirer, said George Senesky’s second half defense and rebounding contributed as much to the team’s win as Fulks’s scoring rampage.

Next up

The Warriors (4-4, 3rd in the East) were staying home for a December 5 rematch with the Knicks (10-2, 1st in the East), who first would play Detroit tomorrow night in New York.

Philadelphia Inquirer

November 30, 1946

The Warriors played their first overtime game of the season at the 69th Regiment Armory building in Manhattan, but the New York Knicks came out on top after the extra frame, 64-60, to win their eighth in a row. After a number of pedestrian performances, Joe Fulks found the hot hand again tonight, leading all comers with 26 points, but it wasn’t enough. Former Seton Hall standout Tommy Byrnes led the Knicks with 17. The Warriors overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game at the end of regulation. It was their first road game of the year after playing their first six at home.

Next up

The Warriors (3-4, 4th in the East) were heading back home to host Providence (6-6, 3rd in the East) on December 3.

Philadelphia Inquirer

November 28, 1946

The Warriors were ice cold from the floor tonight and the visiting Detroit Falcons took full advantage, winning 68-55 at the Philadelphia Arena. After spotting the Warriors to a one-point lead after the first quarter, the Falcons superior shooting took hold and they went ahead, 39-28, at the half. Then the Warriors shot an abysmal 3-of-27 in the third and any hope of a comeback for the locals was gone. John Jantsch led the way in scoring for Detroit with 24, with his teammate Robert Dille getting an even 20. Petey Rosenberg, who was probably the only bright spot for Philadelphia, scored 14 as did Joe Fulks.

Next up

The Warriors (3-3, 3rd in the East) are off to New York to play the Knicks (9-2, 1st in the East) on the 30th.

Philadelphia Inquirer

 

November 26, 1946

Joe Fulks was back to full-strength, but it was Angelo Musi who led the way as the Warriors beat the Boston Celtics at home, 66-54. The Warriors shot just 19 percent from the field in the first quarter, but Musi got going after that and pushed Philadelphia to a 29-22 lead at the half. The Warriors held serve in the second half and came away with the comfortable win. Musi finished with 16 points while Fulks scored just 6. Connie Simmons led the Celtics with 15. Howie Dallmar scored 13 points for the Warriors, but had to leave the game early with an injured elbow. Throughout the contest the players had to cope with a slick Philadelphia Arena surface caused by condensation from the hockey ice below and that contributed to Dallmar’s fall and injury.

Next up

Two nights from now, the Warriors (3-2, 3rd in the East) would host the Detroit Falcons (5-6, 4th in the West).

Boston Globe
Philadelphia Inquirer

November 25, 1946

The Warriors played an exhibition at the 111th Infantry Armory in town as part of an effort to drum up new recruits for the Pennsylvania National Guard. No opponent or score was mentioned so my guess is that it was in intrasquad game.

Philadelphia Inquirer

November 21, 1946

11/21

While Warriors scoring ace Joe Fulks struggled with a cold, the 6-3 Chicago Stags started strong and finished strong to beat the 2-1 Warriors, 65-63. Fulks was held out of the starting lineup by coach Eddie Gottlieb and the Stags took advantage by jumping out to a 15-6 early lead. The Warriors fought back steadily to take a 54-48 lead late, but the Stags went on a 13-point run led by Doyle Parrack and Tony Jaros to retake the lead and hold on at the finish. Fulks had a chance to tie it as time ran out but missed the last-second shot. He finished with just 10 points as Fred Sheffield led the team with 14. Parrack led all players with 15 points.

Next up

The Warriors, at 2-2 and a game and a half behind the Knicks in the East, would continue their homestand on the 26th against the Boston Celtics. The 7-3 Stags would return home to play the Detroit Falcons on the 24th.

Chicago Tribune
Philadelphia Inquirer