Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Sixers getting used to this winning deal, top Nuggets

Philadelphia, PA --  Now that the question of whether or not this year's club could challenge their own NBA record for fewest wins in a season, Brett Brown's team figures they might as well keep winning for the time being.

Hollis Thompson hit four shots from long distance and finished with 23 points as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Denver Nuggets 105-98 on Tuesday night in South Philadelphia.

Michael Carter-Williams posted 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and Robert Covington added 17 points and eight boards for the Sixers, who have won three of their last five games on the heels of a six-game slide.

Danilo Gallinari netted 22 points off the bench, Wilson Chandler poured in 19 points and Ty Lawson dished out 14 helpers for Denver, which has dropped 10 of its last 11 games.

The game was tied 27-27 late in the first quarter before the Sixers embarked on an extended 17-3 run that bled into the second to seize control.

Thompson, who netted 11 points during the surge, nailed a 3-pointer in the waning moments of the opening frame to help stake Philadelphia to a 34-28 advantage following a quarter of play.

He knocked down a trio of triples in all during the burst, including one to cap it for a 44-30 margin with 9:28 left in the second.

The Sixers stretched that cushion to 61-40 heading into the break and were up 85-68 after three quarters.
Denver cut the deficit to six in the final minute with the game already decided.

Notes: The Sixers have won their last three home games ... Denver has lost 11 of its last 14 games against the East, including all seven road contests ... Faried was 0-of-6 from the field and didn't score a point for the Nuggets ... Philadelphia led by as many as 28 points in the third quarter.

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