Elton Brand came out with 5:57 left in the fourth quarter and didn't return for the rest of regulation, or for overtime in the 76ers' 125-117 win over Golden State on Sunday.

Brand, who leads the team in scoring (15.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.6), was subbed just three minutes into the third quarter as well.

Sixers coach Doug Collins said it was a difficult game for Brand against the small and fast Warriors.

Yet Collins said when he came back into the locker room, Brand was the first player to greet him. He gave Collins a hug and said: "I'm all about winning, great job," Collins said. "That's what we're trying to build here."

Brand finished with 12 points and five rebounds in 29 minutes.

He said he understood Collins' decision, mainly because the Sixers won. Brand wasn't so understanding last season, when former coach Eddie Jordan would frequently take him out for the fourth quarter in games the Sixers often lost.

The Warriors played such a small lineup that Thaddeus Young, who usually switches between small and power forward, played center for the final minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime.

"We needed to win the game," Brand said. "That's what I'm about. They went really small and Thad (Young) played great defense. It was just the matchups."

Brand had been struggling with a dislocated pinky over the past few games. He's been playing with a splint on it. And he was seen on the bench with a heat pack on his knee.