5 observations from Sixers-Nuggets

5 observations from Sixers-Nuggets

Despite loss, Sixers encouraged by bench play

December 7, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Thad Young had 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals in the Sixers' loss to Denver. (USA Today Images)

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The Denver Nuggets went on a 17-6 run to close out the fourth quarter and surge past the Sixers for a 103-92 victory at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night (see Instant Replay).

For the Sixers it was the second loss in as many nights -- both without rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams -- and dropped them to 7-14 this season.

Here are a few interesting developments from Saturday night:

1. With point guard Carter-Williams out for the second straight game and for the sixth time this season (see story), the Sixers leaned on Evan Turner for some playmaking. Turner made up for MCW’s absence with a team-high five assists and two steals.

Turner didn’t get his first bucket of the game until midway through the second quarter and shot just 3 for 12 for six points.

2. Carter-Williams missed the sixth game of the season and it seems likely that he will be out for Monday night’s game against the Clippers, too. Interestingly, the rookie has missed six games through the first 21 of his career.

Conversely, Nuggets point guard (and former 76er) Andre Miller has also missed six games … in his first 15 seasons. Miller has appeared in 1,146 regular-season games and 52 more in the playoffs since coming into the NBA in 1999. That means Miller has turned in at least three minutes in 99.5 percent of the games scheduled for his teams.

And with his 38th birthday approaching, Miller doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Against the Sixers on Saturday night, Miller had seven assists, four rebounds and eight points in 29 minutes.

3. Miller shared time with Nate Robinson in the Nuggets’ backcourt. Robinson came off the bench for a game-high 20 points on 6 for 14 shooting, a role his first cousin Tony Wroten usually fills for the Sixers.

Subbing for Carter-Williams in the Sixers' starting lineup, Wroten led the Sixers with 20 points and committed three turnovers. Though Wroten had just one assist, it was a memorable one that came on a running alley-oop to Thad Young (see video).

4. Young had to rise over the reach of 6-foot-8 forward Wilson Chandler in order to control the pass from Wroten and then had to throw it down in traffic before landing on his backside.

The landing may have been the trickiest part of all considering Young came out of Friday night’s game with a sore glute muscle and was a game-time decision for the matchup against the Nuggets.

Young came out of it no worse for wear, posting 14 points and seven rebounds in 32 minutes. On three straight possessions of the third quarter, the Sixers ran plays for Young to get him a clear lane to drive to the hoop. Two of those plays were old-fashioned isolation plays, a rarity in the modern NBA.

5. The Sixers hit just three three-pointers against the Nuggets on Saturday night, the lowest total of the season. As expected, center Spencer Hawes hit one of those three-pointers, extending his streak to 20 straight games with at least one three.

Hawes’ streak is the 10th in team history of at least 20 games and the sixth-longest ever for the Sixers.

The longest three-pointer streaks in team history:

· 58 — Dana Barros (1994-95)
· 28 — Kyle Korver (2005-06)
· 25 — Jodie Meeks (2011-12), Korver (2004-05)
· 22 — Barros (1993-94), Korver (2004-05)
· 21 — Allen Iverson (2000-01), Korver (2004-05)
· 20 — Spencer Hawes (2013-14), Hersey Hawkins (1990-91)