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Utah at Philadelphia

Holiday, Richardson carry Sixers

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PHILADELPHIA -- 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.

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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.

Holiday then converted a layup and Thaddeus Young hit a jumper for an eight-point cushion and the Sixers pulled away for a much-needed home win.

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.
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Jrue Holiday scores a game-high 26 points to help the 76ers defeat the Jazz and end their three-game losing skid.  (Getty Images)
Jrue Holiday scores a game-high 26 points to help the 76ers defeat the Jazz and end their three-game losing skid. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Utah (4-6)2023212993
Philadelphia (5-4) «3022192899
UTA:P. Millsap 22 Pts
UTA:A. Jefferson 9 Reb
UTA:J. Tinsley 6 Ast
PHI:J. Holiday 26 Pts
PHI:J. Richardson 8 Reb
PHI:J. Holiday 7 Ast
Players of the Game
UtahPhiladelphia

Paul Millsap

Jrue Holiday
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
22732667
Utah
M. Williams, PG345-140-035312
A. Jefferson, C335-145-793315
P. Millsap, PF289-152-273122
G. Hayward, SG233-61-20228
M. Williams, PF221-40-02102
R. Foye, PG282-70-04125
D. Carroll, SF236-64-450317
D. Favors, PF223-82-37108
J. Tinsley, PG140-20-00610
E. Kanter, C132-50-03104
R. Bell, SGDid Not Play
E. Watson, PGDid Not Play
A. Burks, PGDid Not Play
J. Evans, SFDid Not Play
K. Murphy, SGDid Not Play
Totals 36-8114-1840231593
 44.4%77.8% 
Philadelphia
J. Holiday, PG4110-214-467226
J. Richardson, SG367-121-282220
E. Turner, SF355-110-044211
T. Young, SF317-140-080214
K. Brown, C241-50-06232
L. Allen, PF295-110-083010
N. Young, SG203-54-401112
S. Hawes, C132-50-03144
R. Ivey, PG70-10-00020
D. Wright, SG50-20-00010
D. Wilkins, SGDid Not Play
A. Bynum, CDid Not Play
A. Moultrie, PFDid Not Play
M. Wayns, PGDid Not Play
Totals 40-879-1043201999
 46.0%90.0% 
Other Games
Dal 83 Final
Ind 103
Orl 110 Final
Det 106
OKC 110 Final
NO 95
GS 106 Final
Min 98
NY 95 Final
Mem 105
Hou 117 Final
Port 119
Atl 112 Final
Sac 96
Pho 102 Final
LAL 114