Evan Turner had 23 points, six assists and five rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a rare road win (they are 3-13 away from home) in a 114-102 defeat of the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night.
Thaddeus Young had 17 points and 10 rebounds while rookie Michael Carter-Williams scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out six assists and had two steals (and five turnovers). Four other players were in double figures – Spencer Hawes (13), Lavoy Allen (13), James Anderson (12) and Hollis Thompson (11).
The Nuggets were led by J.J. Hickson, who had 19 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Wilson Chandler had 16 points and seven rebounds and Ty Lawson added 15 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.
After a poor defensive effort in the first quarter put them down 30-24, the 76ers exploded for 44 points in the second quarter and took a 68-56 lead into the break.
The 76ers pushed the lead to 16 in the final quarter and the biggest threat came at the 3:09 mark when Chandlers’ three-pointer cut the lead to nine. The 76ers, however, answered with five straight points to put the game away.
The 76ers are now 10-21 while the Nuggets are 14-17.