Highlights: Without MCW, Sixers fall to Nuggets
Spencer Hawes and the Sixers were outscored by 11 points in the fourth quarter of their 103-92 loss to the Nuggets on Saturday night. (USA Today Images)
The Sixers were hoping to stay above .500 on their home floor when they hosted the Nuggets Saturday night. Brett Brown’s team was boasting a respectable 6-5 mark at the Wells Fargo Center before the opening tip.
Unfortunately, the Sixers' offense went to the wayside midway through the fourth quarter while Denver’s revved up. The Sixers were outscored 26-15 in the final frame before losing, 103-92.
The Sixers dropped to 7-14 on the season.
Michael Carter-Williams missed his sixth game of the season and his second straight because of a sore right knee (see story). The soreness in his knee is because of an infection that has him hospitalized at the University of Pennsylvania for a third straight night.
Carter-Williams is listed as day to day.
Jordan Hamilton hit three three-pointers in a 1:07 stretch in the latter part of the fourth that took a four-point Denver lead to 11 with 3:22 to play. His nine points were part of a 13-2 run that the Nuggets ran off when the score was tied at 86 with 7:18 to play.
Hamilton was 4 for 5 from the floor for 13 points.
Follow the leader
Denver head coach Brian Shaw chose to start Andre Miller in place of the injured Ty Lawson (hamstring) as opposed to Nate Robinson. Shaw said he did not want to disrupt the spark Robinson brings to the team coming off the bench.
He was right. Robinson led the Nuggets with 20 points that included seven made free throws (see 5 observations).
Former Villanova standout Randy Foye contributed 13 points while Miller, a former Sixer, had eight points and seven assists.
Tony Wroten led the Sixers in scoring for a second straight night with 20 points, but he had just one assist and three turnovers. He did pull down five rebounds.
Spencer Hawes had 14 points and eight rebounds.
The Sixers were 3 for 16 from behind the arc, a season low. Denver was 7 of 22 from three.
Take a bow
Thaddeus Young has a sore glute muscle, suffered in the Sixers' Friday night loss at Charlotte. Soreness did not keep him from playing Saturday against the Nuggets and Young was active. He scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds, had two assists, two steals, a blocked shot and the highlight of the night when he took a Wroten alley-oop pass and one-hand slammed over Wilson Chandler.
The Sixers host the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night. That means the dynamic duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will be on display. Both average a double-double.
Doc Rivers' team took a 13-7 overall record into Cleveland tonight, but on the road, the Clippers are a .500 team.