Before the game, injured Sixers center Andrew Bynum said he had suffered a "setback" in his return from a knee injury. Bynum said he now has swelling and a bone bruise on both knees and his target date of Dec. 10 for basketball activities is in limbo.
Bynum said he is still hoping for that December date, with one to four weeks of basketball-related activity to follow, pushing his much-anticipated Philadelphia debut to as late as mid-January.
That news didn't shake the Sixers, who still have home games coming up against Cleveland on Friday and Toronto on Tuesday.
Entering play on Friday, Philadelphia was 29th in the league in shooting percentage (40.1 percent) as well as scoring with an average of 88 points per game. It shot 46 percent (40 for 87) against Utah while beating its season scoring average.
"Anytime you get a win against a good team, it's huge," Richardson said. "You don't want teams coming in and feeling like they can beat you."
The Sixers led by as many as 12 points in the first half and took a 52-43 advantage into the locker room.
NOTES: The Sixers were 9 for 10 from the free-throw line. ... Carroll knocked down all six of his field-goal attempts, including one 3-pointer, and all four of his free throws. . Millsap was 2 for 4 from beyond the arc, pushing his season 3-point total to 10 for 17.