NBA: 76ers hold off Nuggets, remain perfect at home

Field Level Media via Reuters

Posted at Dec 11 2019 11:59 AM

Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) drives between Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and center Al Horford (42) at Wells Fargo Center. Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Joel Embiid had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers remained unbeaten at home with a 97-92 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

Tobias Harris added 20 points, Matisse Thybulle had 13 and Al Horford 11 as the Sixers improved to 13-0 at Wells Fargo Center, their best home start since winning 22 in a row in 1966-67.

Will Barton led the Nuggets with 26 points, and Nikola Jokic added 15 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. Gary Harris also scored 14 points while Paul Millsap had 10 for Denver, which lost Jamal Murray to a hip injury in the first quarter.

Jokic drove to the basket for a hoop that closed the Nuggets within 95-92 with 18.9 seconds remaining.

Embiid then hit a pair of free throws with 15.3 seconds left for a 97-92 lead.

Barton missed a 3-point attempt, and the Sixers grabbed the rebound and ran out the clock.

Murray appeared to injure his hip with 6:49 left in the first quarter, and he didn't return for the remainder of the game. Murray was scoreless in five first-half minutes, and X-rays taken in the locker room were negative, according to the TNT broadcast.

Barton scored 15 points in the first quarter for the Nuggets, who trailed 55-50 at the half. Denver used a 12-0 run to go ahead 64-59 with 7:35 left in the third.

Philadelphia later responded with seven straight points to take a 74-70 advantage with 4:13 remaining in the third.

Horford scored nine points in the third, and the Sixers led, 83-76, at the end of the quarter. Embiid closed the period with an acrobatic shot in the paint with 0.2 seconds left.

After going down by 10 early in the fourth, the Nuggets got within 88-86 on a three-point play by Barton with seven minutes to go. However, Thybulle came back with a 3-pointer from the wing for a five-point Sixers lead.

Gary Harris was fouled by Simmons with two seconds left on the shot clock, and he sank two at the foul line to close the gap to 95-90 with 1:52 remaining.

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