Sixers beat Bilbao in preseason opener

Sixers beat Bilbao in preseason opener
October 6, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Tony Wroten contributed 16 points off the bench on 10-for-12 free-throw shooting. (AP)

Despite blowing a nine-point lead late Sunday, the Sixers held on to beat Spanish club Bilbao Basket, 106-104, in their first game of the preseason.

The Sixers held a 104-95 advantage with three minutes to play, but a Bilbao rally tied the game at 104 with just six seconds remaining. Spencer Hawes then worked his way to the line and connected on two free throws, and Raul Lopez’s missed jumper at the buzzer sealed the win for the Sixers.

The Sixers shot 44 percent from the floor (32 for 72), but nailed 8 of 20 attempts from beyond the three-point line. Bilbao shot 42 percent and struggled from long range, making only 6 of 26 three-point tries.

Evan Turner led the way for the Sixers, scoring 25 points on 47 percent shooting. Tony Wroten finished with 16 points off the bench. Both players lived at the line, where each made 10 of 12 free throws.

Dairis Bertans led Bilbao with 19 points off the bench. Axel Hervelle recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The Sixers next face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday in Manchester, England before returning home to take on the Boston Celtics on Friday in Newark, Del.