Instant Replay: Warriors 110, Sixers 90

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Instant Replay: Warriors 110, Sixers 90

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The Sixers knew they were in for a track meet against the Golden State Warriors, who came into Monday’s game at the Wells Fargo Center as the league’s second-highest scoring team.

For the first time this season, the Sixers just weren’t able to keep up.

The Sixers were dealt a 110-90 loss for their first defeat of the season and the first under head coach Brett Brown.

The Sixers trailed by 14 points after one quarter, 24 at the half and 35 with 3:25 to go in the third. The Sixers also had a season-high 24 turnovers (see 5 observations).

Andre Iguodala put on a show in his return to the Wells Fargo Center, scoring 32 points.

Turning point
The Sixers pulled the game within six points midway through the second quarter only to allow Golden State to go on a 23-5 run to close out the half.

Follow the leader
Stephen Curry posted a triple-double with 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. It was his second career triple-double. Curry’s first came during his rookie season.

Three other Warriors also scored in double figures.

Evan Turner, along with Michael Carter-Williams, led the Sixers in scoring with 18 points. Carter-Williams shot just 4 for 17 to score his 18 points.

Tony Wroten came off the bench to score 14 for the Sixers.

Stat-egic
The Sixers came into the game as the league’s fourth-highest scoring team at 110 points per contest. A poor shooting night had the Sixers scoring just 90 against Golden State.

Brown’s squad shot 35 percent from the floor and 5 for 25 (20 percent) from three-point range.

Golden State shot 45 percent for the game, including a sizzling 15 for 38 (40 percent) from distance.

Take a bow
Iguodala was often criticized for not being an aggressive, take-charge player during the eight years he donned a Sixers uniform.

On Monday night, he decided to show Sixers fans the franchise let a good one get away when it traded him two summers ago.

Iguodala had 27 first-half points. He played 14 minutes in the second half and finished with 32 points, just two shy of his career high. Iguodala was 11 of 18 from the floor, including 7 of 11 from long range.

What’s next?
The Sixers will see Washington at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night.

Last Friday, the Sixers picked up a 109-102 road win over the Wizards. The Sixers were led in scoring by Thaddeus Young, who totaled 29 points.

After allowing John Wall to score 15 points in the first quarter, the Sixers limited him to just 11 points over the final three quarters.

Instant Replay: Nuggets 106, Sixers 98

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Instant Replay: Nuggets 106, Sixers 98

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The Sixers were shorthanded against the Nuggets and it showed.

Playing without Jahlil Okafor, Robert Covington and Jerryd Bayless (see below), the Sixers didn’t get enough throughout the game from their offensive leader Joel Embiid. He finished with 17 points, but scored only seven through the first three quarters. 

The Nuggets’ second-half push led them to a 106-98 victory over the Sixers. 

How it happened
The Sixers led 27-18 after the first quarter and led by 10 with 3:27 to go in the first half. The Nuggets, however, closed out the second quarter on an 11-3 run. Jamal Murray scored 14 points in the quarter. 

The Sixers faltered in the third as the Nuggets outscored them 23-17. They shot 5 for 19 (26.3 percent) from the field, including 0 for 6 from Embiid, who scored one point off a free throw. Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton combined for 17 of the Nuggets’ points. After only committing five turnovers in the first half, the Sixers committed seven in the third quarter alone. They dropped to 0-11 when trailing after three.

The Nuggets opened the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run. The Sixers were left chasing down the stretch. Embiid drained a three with 1:15 remaining to bring the Sixers within four, but that wasn’t enough. The Nuggets held them off to improve to 8-14 while they Sixers dropped to 4-17. 

Inside the box score
• Embiid struggled for most of the game, shooting 2 for 11 from the field through the third quarter. He totaled 16 points on 5 of 15 shooting. Embiid did record a career-high five blocks, but also had three turnovers.

• Dario Saric followed up Saturday’s double-double with another strong performance: 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting and eight rebounds.

• Ersan Ilyasova (eight rebounds) and Sergio Rodriguez (seven assists) also scored 17 points each.

• The Nuggets were led by a season-high 24 points from Gallinari. Barton dropped 22 points and eight rebounds, while Murray also scored 22 points off the bench. 

(Lots of) injury updates
Okafor missed the game because of gastroenteritis and will not travel to Memphis. Covington was out his second game in a row with a left knee sprain. Bayless sat out his fifth straight game with left wrist soreness. 

Nelson applauded
St. Joe’s alum Jameer Nelson received a warm welcome from the Sixers’ crowd when he checked in for the Nuggets. The 13th-year NBA veteran was a leader on the 2003-04 Hawks team that earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and went 27-0 in the regular season. Nelson played high school basketball in Chester, PA. On another St. Joe’s note, Nelson’s former teammate Dwayne Jones has been helping the Sixers rebound during shooting drills at practice and pregame warmups. 

Up next
The Sixers are traveling to Memphis Monday night to play the Grizzlies (13-8) on Tuesday. The team will continue on to New Orleans to face the Pelicans (7-14) Thursday.

Sixers-Nuggets 5 things: Defense needs to improve to stop skid

Sixers-Nuggets 5 things: Defense needs to improve to stop skid

The Sixers (4-16) close out their four-game homestand against the Denver Nuggets (7-13) at the Wells Fargo Center tonight (7:00/CSN and CSNPhilly.com).

Let's take a closer look at the matchup:

1. Missing the stop sign
Apparently, tis the season for giving up points.

The Sixers' defense folded again in their latest loss, a 107-106 defeat to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. The Sixers have allowed 107.8 points per game this season (25th in the NBA) and 109.1 during their six-game losing skid.

The Sixers let All-Star Isaiah Thomas do the damage on Saturday as he scored 37 points to become the fifth point guard to reach the 30-point plateau against them this season.

On the other side, the Nuggets' defense has actually been even worse. They rank 27th in the league with 109.5 points allowed per game.

2. Hello again
With Joel Embiid also making his debut this season, Dario Saric was always going to play second fiddle when it came to rookies on the Sixers' roster. That has certainly been the case now that Embiid has been putting up dominant numbers while Saric has been up and down.

However, Saric was on the same level as his fellow rookie against the Celtics. The Croatian broke out of a recent slump to notch a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, which both matched career highs.

That performance also included this highlight-reel moment when Saric destroyed Jonas Jerebko's ankles (see video).

“I prepared a little bit more for this game,” Saric said (see story). “After I have some bad rhythm of five or six, maybe, games. Now I concentrate more. I try to give my best, try to play my best, try to think before everything happens.”

3. Clean the glass
The Sixers will need a similar effort from Saric on the boards if they want to compete with the Nuggets.

Denver is the No. 1 rebounding team in the entire NBA with 49.6 rebounds per game. The Nuggets attack the glass on both ends, too, as they are tops in defensive rebounding and No. 2 in offensive rebounding.

The offensive boards are also a main reason Denver sits third in second-chance points with 15.6 a night.

None of that bodes well for a Sixers team that rates just 20th overall in rebounding.

4. Injuries
Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is questionable. Robert Covington (knee/illness), Jerryd Bayless (wrist), Nerlens Noel (knee) and Ben Simmons (foot) are out for the Sixers.

Nikola Jokic (wrist) and Gary Harris (foot) are out for the Nuggets.

5. This and that
• The Sixers lost both meetings with the Nuggets last season by a combined four points.

• Monday's game will feature both players who won the NBA's Rookie of the Month awards in Embiid and Nuggets guard Jamal Murray. Embiid is averaging 18.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 23.2 minutes per game. Murray is putting up 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21.7 minutes a night.

• In seven career games against the Sixers, Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried has averaged 7.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Those are actually his lowest and third-lowest marks, respectively, against any NBA team.