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Holiday leads Philadelphia past Utah


February 19. 2013 5:47PM
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PHILADELPHIA — Jrue Holiday scored 26 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz 99-93 on Friday night.


Jason Richardson added 20 points for Philadelphia, which snapped a three-game home losing streak. 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 previously winless Detroit before bouncing back against Utah.


On Wednesday night against the Pistons, the Sixers set a dubious mark by shooting 29.8 percent from the field, the worst showing by any pro team in Philly since the Sixers' arena opened in 1996.


Paul Millsap led the Jazz (4-6) with 22 points. DeMarre Carroll added a career-high 17 points, Al Jefferson had 15 and Mo Williams scored 12.


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 connected on 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.


The Sixers led by as many as 12 points in the first half and took a 52-43 advantage into the locker room.


Pacers 103, Mavericks 83

INDIANAPOLIS — David West and George Hill each scored 15 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks.


West and Hill, the Pacers' top two scorers, had combined for 5-for-19 shooting and 10 points in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee.


Roy Hibbert and Sam Young added 14 points apiece for the Pacers, who had lost two straight before beating the Mavericks and their former coach, Rick Carlisle. Indiana (4-6) improved to 3-1 at home.




Magic 110, Pistons 106

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — J.J. Redick scored 23 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 42.8 seconds left, and the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons.


Arron Afflalo scored 19 and Jameer Nelson added 13 points and 10 assists for Orlando, which had each of its starters score in double figures. Glen Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic finished with 11 points and 13 boards.


The Magic (3-5) began the day averaging just 88 points a game, but scored 66 in the second half after trailing by as many as 13.



Warriors 106, Timberwolves 98

MINNEAPOLIS — David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors dominated inside during a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Carl Landry added 15 points and seven boards and Stephen Curry had 17 points and six assists for the Warriors (5-4), who outscored Minnesota 58-22 in the paint.


Alexey Shved had 22 points and seven assists and Derrick Williams had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves (5-4), who are starting to succumb to the injuries that have ravaged them early this season.


Thunder 110, Hornets 95

NEW ORLEANS — Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to their sixth victory in seven games.


Serge Ibaka added 15 for Oklahoma City, which shot 54 percent (40 of 74) and built leads as big as 30 points in the first half and 34 in the second, allowing the starters to rest for the entire fourth quarter.


Thabo Sefolosha scored 11 points, while Russell Westbrook had 10 points and 12 assists.




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