Thompson and Sixers run past Nuggets
February 4, 2015 - Finding Carter
What has gotten into these 76ers?
Months ago, they were a rascal of a NBA. No one is shouting anymore – generally not a Denver Nuggets.
Hollis Thompson had a career night as a Sixers hold on Tuesday to improved a Nuggets, 105-98, during a Wells Fargo Center.
The win came after a Sixers gave dual of a league’s chosen teams – a Atlanta Hawks and a Cleveland Cavaliers – all they could hoop before being hold off.
The Sixers (11-39) have won 3 of their final 5 and have a 7-11 record given Jan. 5. That’s impressive, deliberation that they non-stop a deteriorate with 17 uninterrupted losses.
Thompson had a lot to do with this victory. The 6-foot-8 haven ensure dominated early on en track to scoring a career-high 23 points. The second-year maestro done his initial 8 shots, including 4 three-pointers. He finished 8 for 12 to go with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a block.
The California local scored 19 of his points before break on 6-for-6 shooting, including 4 three-pointers.
“I only consider we came in and did a good pursuit of executing,” Thompson said. “We were relocating a ball, and my teammates were anticipating me. So it paid off.”
For a while, it seemed as if a undrafted actor out of Georgetown would not miss. His initial shot in a second half was a primary example. With a shot time circuitous down, he buried a 15-foot step-back jumper.
This was a good opening for a man who mislaid his starting position after blank 11 games from Dec. 21 to Jan. 10 with an top respiratory infection.
“I consider that he’s looking around and saying all of these immature guys and wondering where he fits in,” Sixers manager Brett Brown pronounced of Thompson’s traffic with a singular purpose after his illness. “To his credit, he continued to put in a work and came out with a outrageous initial half.”
Michael Carter-Williams combined 15 points and 12 assists after exiting a detriment during Cleveland with a painful left shin.
Brown and Carter-Williams pronounced before a diversion that they were monitoring how he felt. The indicate ensure was ostensible to surprise his manager when he couldn’t go any longer if a pain became unbearable. But Carter-Williams, who had diagnosis on his shin Tuesday morning, didn’t have to tell Brown anything.
While he had a conspicuous limp, a reigning rookie of a year changed a whole lot improved than Monday night, when he had dual points on 1-for-9 shooting. He left that diversion in a third quarter.
On Tuesday, Carter-Williams did a good pursuit of facilitating early on. He had 7 assists on his team’s initial 9 baskets.
The Sixers non-stop a second entertain with a 13-3 run to take a autocratic 46-31 pillow with 7:51 left in a half. They extended their lead to 28 points in a third quarter.
But shortly after that, a Sixers showed signs of being a organisation that was picked to finish final in a NBA.
They got drifting with a ball, committing 8 turnovers in a fourth quarter. They also done only 5 of 18 shots in that quarter.
The Nuggets (19-30) sealed a opening to 103-98 with 12.9 ticks left. But a Sixers took a seven-point feat after Carter-Williams followed with a span of tainted shots.
“We were adult large and I’d be fibbing if we pronounced we wasn’t a bit disappointed,” Brown said. “I get miserly and we wish a players to get greedy. We wish to tighten games out. . . .
“I wish Michael Carter-Williams to tighten that diversion out improved than he did and go get a triple-double since he was carrying a helluva game. As a group, we wish more.”
For a many part, a Nuggets looked like a patrol perplexing to get manager Brian Shaw fired.
Other than a late run, they seemed just in their third uninterrupted detriment and 10th in 11 games.
Standout energy brazen Kenneth Faried was blank in action. The 6-foot-8, 222-pounder was hold scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting.