Holiday leads Sixers past Jazz 99-93

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — This time, the Philadelphia 76ers put together a solid performance at home.

Jrue Holiday scored 26 points and the Sixers snapped a three-game home losing streak with a 99-93 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

Jason Richardson added 20 points for Philadelphia, which was coming off an embarrassing loss to Detroit. Thaddeus Young scored 14 and Nick Young finished with 12.

The Sixers (5-4) dropped the first two games of a five-game homestand to Milwaukee and the previously winless Pistons. They set a dubious mark against Detroit by shooting 29.8 percent from the field, the worst showing by any pro team in Philly since the Sixers' arena opened in 1996.

"That one hurt," Holiday said. "I know all of us here, even though Detroit isn't a bad team, you never want to be the one to have them get their first win. Knowing that, we didn't come out and play."

Paul Millsap led the Jazz (4-6) with 22 points. DeMarre Carroll added a career-high 17 points and Al Jefferson had 15.

"We knew they were going to come out with a lot of intensity," said Mo Williams, who had 12 points for Utah despite playing with an injured right thumb. "It was no surprise to us. We just fell short at the end."

Williams said he injured the thumb on his shooting hand on the first play of the game when it got tangled in Holiday's jersey.

The Jazz fell to 1-6 on the road, with the back end of consecutive games coming up Saturday at Washington.

"This team has a lot of pride," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. "I never question that."

Philadelphia put together a 13-2 run to take an 84-73 lead midway through the fourth quarter. But Utah responded with a 9-2 spurt to pull within four with 2:53 left, making the most of aggressive play in the low post by Jefferson and Derrick Favors.