The Sixers got a rare win on the road yesterday after defeating the Denver Nuggets 114-102. They improved to 10-21 overall, but it was just their third road win. Their offense was clicking all night, racking up their highest point total in a regulation game all season. In fact, they had just set that record the game before after scoring 112 against the Lakers, so maybe they’re offense will continue to ride a hot streak. In fact, they’ve scored 100+ points in seven of their last eight games, although their pitiful defense over that eight game span explains their 3-5 record during that time. If they want to have a high-scoring offense, they need to remember to play defense.
This game was no different than the usual, except they were able to score enough points to outdo the opposing Nuggets. All five of their starters scored in double figures, in addition to two bench players. Evan Turner led the pack with 23 points on 8/17 shooting, and Thad Young was second with 17 points on 7/17 shooting. Both of these guys played 40 minutes and were a key part of their victory in this game. Young actually had a double-double after picking up 10 rebounds as well.
Michael Carter-Williams was a bit off during this game with only 5/15 shooting and 5 turnovers, but he still put up a 16-9-6-2 line which is very respectable. The effective shooting of role players such as Hollis Thompson, James Anderson, and Lavoy Allen helped bolster the scoreboard for the Sixers. They had 11, 12, and 13 points respectively. Spencer Hawes chipped in 13 points as well, including two 3-pointers.
Despite giving up a lot of points, they still played good enough defense to win the rebound battle 53-48. They also won the battle in steals 10-7. On the offensive side, they shot much more efficiently than the Nuggets, especially from beyond the arc, which explains the vast amount of points they scored.
Now more than halfway through the 6 game road trip, the Sixers look to take on the Sacramento Kings tonight. With already more wins than they were projected to get, those cheering for the Sixers to tank have to recognize that that won’t be happening this season. Although it’s still very possible that they pick up a top 5 pick…