Sixers-Nets: Inside the box score

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Sixers-Nets: Inside the box score

Evan Turner provided the Sixers fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center Friday night with an electrifying finish, scoring a buzzer-beater to lift the Sixers, 121-120, past the Nets, ending the team's seven-game losing streak (see story).

Let’s take a closer look at some numbers from the matchup:

• There were 31 lead changes and 21 ties in the Sixers’ OT victory. Meanwhile, in five overtime games this season, the Sixers are 4-1. The Sixers’ last four victories have come in overtime.

• The Sixers topped 120 points for the fourth time this season. The record for most games scoring 120-plus was six, set in 1993-94. Last season, the Sixers topped 110 points in a game just once.

• Michael Carter-Williams registered his seventh double-double of the season, going for 15 points and 10 assists. He also had three steals and leads the NBA with 3.13 steals per game.

• The Sixers outscored Brooklyn in the paint, 66-30. The Sixers have been outscored in the paint just once this season and rank second in the league in points in the paint.

• Evan Turner contributed 10 rebounds to his game-high 29 points. It was the 18th time Turner topped 20 points in a game this season after doing it just 17 times last year. He also posted his sixth double-double of the season.

• Despite shooting just 3 for 14, Spencer Hawes nearly had a triple-double. With a pair of three-pointers and two free throws, Hawes scored 10 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds to go with eight assists.

• Brooklyn got a career-high 26 points from Alan Anderson. Anderson hit a career-high five three-pointers, while forward Mirza Teletovic hit six three-pointers for 18 points. Brook Lopez (22) and Paul Pierce (24) also scored 20-plus for the Nets.

• Lavoy Allen quietly had 10 points with seven rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes.

• Deron Williams had 14 assists after dishing out 13 assists against the Sixers on Monday.

• The Sixers added to their NBA record by allowing 15 three-pointers in a game for the seventh time this season. Brooklyn hit 21 threes against the Sixers on Monday.

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 on Saturday night (7 p.m./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.

Joel Embiid to play Monday vs. Nuggets; Jahlil Okafor questionable (illness)

Joel Embiid to play Monday vs. Nuggets; Jahlil Okafor questionable (illness)

CAMDEN, N.J. -- In following with his back-to-back plan, Joel Embiid will play Monday against the Nuggets at home and will not play Tuesday against the Grizzlies in Memphis. Embiid will be on a 28-minute restriction, established last week. 

"Obviously I wanted to play against Memphis," Embiid said after shootaround Monday. "Marc Gasol, great guy to play against. I wanted to do that but we've got Denver, especially at home. I know the fans that want to see team, that want to see me play. So that was a big factor into choosing, deciding to play this game."

The Sixers may be without fellow big Jahlil Okafor, who missed shootaround because of illness. He is questionable for Monday's game. 

Robert Covington will miss his second straight game with a left knee sprain. He also has flu-like symptoms. He will not travel to Memphis or New Orleans. 

Jerryd Bayless also remains sidelined with left wrist soreness. His status to join the team for the next two games on the road is questionable. 

Nerlens Noel, who is rehabbing with the Sixers, will not join the team on trip.