Game Notes: Nuggets @ Sixers
Denver Nuggets (0-1) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (1-0)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sixers 84, Nuggets 75
Season Series Info:
Date Site Result
10/31/12 Philadelphia Sixers 84-75
All-Time Series Info
Phi. Wins Den. Wins
Overall: 43 32
at Sixers: 27 12
at Nuggets: 16 20
With the win tonight, the Sixers snap a five-game losing streak in season openers dating back to 2007-08. The last time Philly won a season opener was vs. Atlanta on 11/1/06. The Sixers have also won four of the past five meetings vs. Denver.
The Sixers held Denver to 75 points. It is the fewest points Philly has given up in a season opener since holding Atlanta to 75 points on 11/1/06. The Sixers held opponents below 80 points 11 times in 2011-12 after doing so 10 times the previous three seasons combined. Denver averaged a league-high 104.1 points per game last season. The last time the Nuggets scored below 80 points was when they had 76 at Portland on 4/15/09.
Philly won despite being outshot 37.5% to 35.3% from the floor. The Sixers were 5-21 when being outshot in 2011-12 and 2-12 when shooting below 40.0%. Philly also scored just 84 points in its win tonight. The Sixers were 2-18 when scoring below 90 points in 2011-12.
The Sixers shot 7-of-25 from 3-point range tonight. The last time Philly had at least 25 3FGA was on 4/12/10 vs. Miami. The Sixers hit 7+ 3-pointers 16 times in 2011-12.
Philly was 17-of-21 from the line tonight while Denver was just 5-of-11. The Nuggets led the NBA in FTA differential last season (+6.2 per) and averaged a league-high 26.7 FTA. The Sixers averaged just 18.2 FTA in 2011-12, coming close to setting the NBA record low for a single season (18.0 held by Phoenix in 2005-06).
Jrue Holiday had 14 points and a game-high 11 assists. He recorded just one double-double all of last season after having 15 in 2010-11. Holiday averaged 4.5 apg in 2011-12, down from 6.5 apg in 2010-11. He also had 5 free throw attempts tonight. Holiday averaged just 1.8 FTA in 2011-12 and had 5+ FTA just seven times.
Spencer Hawes had a game-high tying 16 points with game-highs of 12 rebounds and 5 assists off the bench. He recorded eight double-doubles in 37 games played last season after having seven in 81 games played in 2010-11. Tonight marks the sixth time in his career he has recorded at least 5 blocks.
The Sixers had 13 steals and 11 blocks tonight. The last time Philly had 10+ steals and 10+ blocks in the same game was vs. Sacramento on 1/15/10.
Denver had 19 assists with 22 turnovers tonight. The Sixers forced 20+ turnovers three times last season and opponents had more assists than turnovers nine times but Philly as just 5-4 in those games.
The Sixers next game is at New York on Sunday, November 4th at 12:00 p.m. ET
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