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Sixers Beat Nuggets 84-75, Ruin Iguodala’s Homecoming

The Philadelphia 76ers escaped their season opener with an 84-75 victory over the returning Andre Iguodola and the Denver Nuggets. Neither team played relatively well: The Sixers and Nuggets shot 35% and 38% respectively with 15 and 20 turnovers as well.

Starting for the injured Andrew Bynum was Lavoy Allen, who was 1-5 from the field but had 4 offensive rebounds. The Sixers went with a very small starting lineup; Allen, only 6 feet 9 inches, was the tallest player on the court to start the game. This is the reason the Sixers lost the rebounding battle, although Spencer Hawes had 12 boards off of the bench.

The Sixers did win in bench points, however, 39-32 with Spencer Hawes and Dorell Wright as their main contributors. Hawes shot 6-11 from the field to lead the team with 16 points, completing the double-double (along with a game-high 5 blocks). Wright was less efficient, but still managed 14 points, 7 rebounds, and two steals.

The story of the game, however, was the Sixers defense which forced 20 Denver turnovers and blocked 11 shots. Hawes and newcomer Jason Richardson were key, combining for eight blocks and four steals.

Let’s see if the Sixers can improve on their okay game 1 performance against New York on Saturday.

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