Denver was able to take the first convincing lead after a 9-0 run midway through the first quarter. The Sixers' reserves would keep it close however and the Nuggets would only hold a 6 point lead after the first quarter. Philadelphia's offense turned around and was highly effective in the second quarter, resulting in 44 points, a season-high for points in a quarter. The Sixers were hot from beyond the arc, hitting 7 of 14 attempts in the first half as well as connecting on 13 of 15 shots from the foul line. The Sixers outscored the Nuggets 44-26 in the second half, leading to a 12 point Sixers' lead heading into halftime. Evan Turner led Philly with 12 first half points as Denver was led by J.J. Hickson's' 14.
The 76ers' protected their lead, keeping themselves ahead by double-figures until the 2:25 mark. They would regain it by the end of the period and pushed their lead to 14 for the start of the 4th. Lavoy Allen and James Anderson both put together solid performances off the bench. Allen looked aggressive on his way to 13 points and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes while Anderson added 12 points. Denver cut Philly's lead down to 10 with under 5 minutes on the clock after a turnover by Carter-Williams. Luckily for the Sixers, the Nuggets would be unable to bring it any closer. The Sixers won again on the road, 114-102, as Denver lost their 8th straight.
Turner led the Sixers with 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Thad Young recorded another double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds to go with his 17 points. MCW finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Hawes ended the game with 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Sixers had 7 players score in double-figures (Turner, Young, Thompson, MCW, Hawes, Allen, and Anderson). Philadelphia out-scored Denver in the paint, 54-46, and in transition, 17-5.
Denver struggled to hit their shots, shooting only 40% for the game. J.J. Hickson secured 11 rebounds as scored 19 and blocked 2 shots. Wilson Chandler finished with 16 points (4-7 3pt), 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Ty Lawson, who missed the first matchup in Philadelphia, dished out 11 assists as his scored 15 points.
The Sixers (10-21) have won back-to-back for the first time since the start of the season. They will hope their luck on the road continues as they will play DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings in Sacramento on Thursday (1/2).
By: Matt Ryan