It was a very tightly contested 3rd quarter but midway through the Nuggets were able to take back the lead off a Nate Robinson jumper midway through the quarter. Robinson had a big game off the bench for Denver, and ended up leading his team with 20 points. The Sixers played much better defense in this game, not allowing a 30 point quarter, but without MCW the team did not force as many turnovers as they would've liked. The Nuggets held a slim lead for the majority of the 4th quarter. Jordan Hamilton hit 3 shots from beyond the arc within a 2 minute span to help Denver pull away with a double-digit lead. Philly's offense fell apart in the final quarter, scoring only 15 points. Brett Brown left the starters on the bench for too long in the final quarter and when they came on the floor they were cold. The Sixer's shot selection down the stretch was poor and although Wroten put up good number, he dribbled too much and left himself trapped on a few different occasions. The Sixers would lose 103-92.
Philadelphia did very well in the paint, outscoring the Nuggets 64-42 around the basket. The Sixers also outscored Denver 15-5 in transition. The difference maker in this contest was Denver's ability to get to the foul line. Denver attempted 34 free-throws, hitting 76.5% while the Sixers only got to the line 14 times in comparison.
Tony Wroten led the Sixers in scoring for the second straight game, scoring 20 and grabbing 5 rebounds. Wroten recorded only 1 assist, not a number you want from your starting point guard. Evan Turner had an off night with 6 points, way under his season average 21.2. Thad Young finished with 14 points while adding 2 steals and 7 rebounds. Hawes added 14 points and 8 rebounds and 2 rejections.
The Nuggets were led by Nate Robinson off the bench who finished with 20 points. Jordan Hamilton also had a big game in reserve, adding 13. Randy Foye, the former Villanova Wildcat, scored 13.
The Sixers drop to 7-14, and 6-6 at home. Philadelphia will stay home for their next matchup against Chris Paul and the Clippers on Monday.