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    Sixers hold off Nuggets this time, preserve unblemished home record

    Dec 11, 2019
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    PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid scored 22 points, including two key free throws with 15.3 seconds left, and Tobias Harris added 20 to keep the Philadelphia 76ers perfect at home with a 97-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila time).

    Matisse Thybulle added 13 points for the Sixers, who are 13-0 in Philadelphia. They have won three straight and seven of eight.

    Will Barton had 26 points to lead the Nuggets, who have lost three in a row and five of six. Leading scorer Jamal Murray was injured with 6:49 left in the first quarter when he collided with Ben Simmons and didn't return.

    The Nuggets set a franchise record for largest fourth-quarter comeback when they rebounded from 19 points down to start the final period in a 100-97 win over Philadelphia in Denver on Nov. 8. They tried again, but couldn't come all the way back this time.

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    The 76ers led by 10 early in the fourth after Josh Richardson's deep 3-pointer from the top of the key made it 88-78 with 8:54 remaining. The Nuggets scored the next eight, capped by Barton's three-point play with seven minutes left, to pull to 88-86.

    But then Thybulle hit a pivotal 3 and grabbed a big offensive rebound on Philadelphia's next possession, which ended with Al Horford's jumper that put the 76ers in front 93-86 with 4:36 to play.

    Denver had chances from that point on but went cold from the field, making just one field goal until Nikola Jokic's runner made it 95-92 with 18.9 seconds left. Embiid then sank both free throws after being fouled for a five-point lead before Barton missed a 3 from the top of the key.

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    Nuggets: Coach Michael Malone received a technical with 7:16 left in the first half. … Barton scored the first 13 Denver points. … Jokic had 15 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists. ... Murray went scoreless and left with what the team called a "trunk contusion."

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    76ers: Philadelphia's record for consecutive home wins to start a season is 22, set in the 1966-67 season. … Richardson returned to the lineup after missing six games with a right hamstring strain. He had three points. … Embiid ended the third quarter with a no-look, over-the-head shot from close range with 0.2 seconds left that put Philadelphia up 83-76 entering the fourth.

    UP NEXT

    Nuggets: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

    76ers: At the Boston Celtics on Thursday.

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