Sixers roll past Denver, 114-102

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 1, 2014 at 11:49 pm •  Published: January 1, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Up until a few days ago, the Philadelphia 76ers just couldn't find a way to win on the road.

Suddenly, they can't be beaten.

All right, so it's only two road wins. But they hadn't won back-to-back games — let alone two away from home — since the starting the season with three wins.

Evan Turner scored 23 points and Thaddeus Young added 17, helping the 76ers knock off the slumping Denver Nuggets 114-102 on Wednesday night.

"We're beginning to show some signs of what Coach is trying to instill in us," Young said.

Namely, to share the ball. That's been coach Brett Brown's primary mantra, which was on display to start the new year.

The Sixers had seven different players score in double figures en route to their second straight win away from home. Philadelphia halted a 13-game road losing streak in Los Angeles against the Lakers over the weekend.

"Really want to hop on the wagon and keep this going," Turner said. "We're reaping the benefits of our hard work."

Meanwhile, the Nuggets are spiraling downward, dropping their eighth game in a row. It's the team's longest skid since losing the final eight games of the 2002-03 season.

Denver also has lost some of its Mile High mystique under first-year coach Brian Shaw, losing a fifth straight at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets were a franchise-best 38-3 at home last season.

"I feel like we have reached rock bottom," said J.J. Hickson, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds. "We've lost to some pretty bad teams."

This game was ultimately decided in the second quarter, when the Sixers put together a 44-26 period to turn a close game into runaway. Ball movement was the biggest thing as each of the starters scored at least five points in that pivotal surge.

"We just rode the wave and took it into the second half," Turner said.

Sure did.

Stretching their lead to as many as 16 early in the fourth quarter, the Sixers simply cruised from there while improving to 3-13 on the road, which remains one of the worst marks in the league.

There was a brief moment when the game could have changed course, when Young was called for a clear path violation after a steal by Ty Lawson with 4:51 remaining. The speedy Nuggets point guard made 1 of 2 free throws to make it a 10-point game and they also had the ball out of bounds. But Wilson Chandler's 3-point attempt clanged off the rim.



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