The Sixers were looking to string together two wins for the first time since Feb. 13. Utah came into the Wells Fargo Center having won four of its last five but despite the Jazz having a significant size advantage, the Sixers won, 104-91.
They are now 16-8 on their home floor and 24-17 overall.
Lou Williams, along with Thaddeus Young, led the Sixers in scoring with 21 points. For Williams it was his 13th 20-point game this season the most on the team. A year ago, Williams had 14 games of 20-plus points in the 82-game season.
The Jazz were led by Paul Millsap, who scored 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Utah was holding the ball in the waning seconds of the third quarter, looking for the last shot. Derrick Favors encountered a smothering Sixers defense. Andre Iguodala grabbed his seventh rebound with five seconds to go, dribbled the length of the court and found Young, who scored on a layup to put the Sixers up by 10, their first double-digit lead of the game.
Follow the leader
Iguodala and Evan Turner performed well together for a second consecutive game. Iguodala made his first five shots, finishing with 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, while Turner had his second consecutive double-double, with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He also had six assists.
Jrue Holiday came to life in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of his 16 points. He chipped in four assists as well.
The new perimeter trio worked well, though Turner and Holiday combined for seven turnovers.
Despite Utah having a much bigger lineup, the Sixers won the battle on the backboard, 46-42. The Jazz are the fourth-best offensive rebounding team in the NBA and they did grab 14, but they turned that into just 15 second-chance points.
Take a bow
Young returned after missing Wednesdays game because he was sick and fulfilled his role on Friday. He made 5 of 8 shots in the first half to lead the Sixers with 12 points. He was the only Sixer in double figures in the first half. By games end, he tied Williams for game-high scoring honors with 21.
The Sixers will play at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon. It will be their second meeting against the Knicks. New York won the first, 85-79. Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 27 and Amare Stoudemire added 20.
Turner and Iguodala led the Sixers in scoring with 16 points apiece.
That game took place before Jeremy Lin came onto the scene. In the 25 games that Lin has played since, he is averaging 15 points and six assists.
The Knicks had dropped three straight and their record was three games under .500 heading into their game Friday against Milwaukee.
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