Instant Replay: Sixers 114, Nuggets 102

Instant Replay: Sixers 114, Nuggets 102

Brown pleased with Sixers' bench, defense vs. Nuggets

January 1, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Thaddeus Young's hot streak continued with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Sixers' 12-point win. (USA Today Images)


DENVER -- The Sixers insisted there was a carryover from their win over the Lakers Sunday night. They went into the Pepsi Center, where over the last six years the Nuggets have a .785 winning percentage, and they built a 12-point halftime lead.

The Sixers (10-21) kept that lead throughout the second half and won their third road game of the season and second consecutive game, 114-102.

Turning point
The Sixers shot 36 percent in the first quarter and trailed 30-24. But in the second quarter they shot 64 percent and scored 44 points, a season-high for any quarter this season.

Defensively, they held the Nuggets (14-17) to 39 percent shooting and 26 points.

Follow the leader
All five Sixers starters scored in double figures, as did two reserves. Evan Turner led the way with 23; Michael Carter-Williams had 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists; and Lavoy Allen scored a season-high 13 points to go with five rebounds.

J.J. Hickson led Denver in scoring with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Ty Lawson had a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists, and former Villanova standout Randy Foye scored 14 points and had six assists.

The Sixers were 9 for 23 from three-point range, while the Nuggets shot just 5 for 25 from three, giving the Sixers a 12-point advantage from behind the arc.

Take a bow
Hollis Thompson has been challenged by the coaching staff to bring defense to the starting lineup, a place he has been for 14 games now. But that is not to say when he has a good shot he shouldn’t take it.

Thompson was 5 for 6 from the floor for 11 points.

The guy he traded places with in the starting lineup, James Anderson, scored 12 points in 25 minutes.

What’s next
The Sixers play Thursday night in Sacramento. The Kings are 10-20 on the season, 6-11 on their home floor. They are led in scoring and rebounding by DeMarcus Cousins, who averages 22.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. Cousins is one of 10 players in the NBA this season averaging a double-double with points and rebounds.