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76ers vs Nuggets 2021 76ers vs. Nuggets . Game Recap . March 30. 2021 . ESPN

76ers vs Nuggets 2021 76ers vs. Nuggets . Game Recap . March 30. 2021 . ESPN

76ers vs Nuggets 2021 76ers vs. Nuggets . Game Recap . March 30. 2021 . ESPN

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Aaron Gordon has a very positive outlook about the Nuggets after his first game with the team.

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DENVER — — Jamal Murray scored 30 points, Michael Porter Jr.

added 27 and the Denver Nuggets raced out to a 25-point lead on their way to a 104-95 win over the slow-starting Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Nikola Jokic added 21 points for the Nuggets, who played in front of a home crowd for the first time since the pandemic shut down the 2019-20 season in mid-March of last year.

“They made all the difference in the world for us,” Murray said.

“It was just good to have them back in the building.”

Especially after the 76ers’ backups made a late run to turn the blowout into a contest.

“We thought it was going to be easy,” Jokic said after the Nuggets jumped out to a 44-22 lead after one quarter but watched the Sixers’ second-teamers chip away in the second half.

Reserve Tyrese Maxey led the Sixers with 13 points, all in the fourth quarter.

The much-anticipated matchup between the East-leading Sixers and the rejuvenated Nuggets, who made the biggest headlines at the trade deadline with the additions of Aaron Gordon and JaVale McGee, quickly fizzled with Denver’s first-quarter flourish.

Before the Nuggets took a 68-45 lead into the locker room, Jokic stepped up to the free throw line and was met by chants of “MVP! MVP! MVP!” from the first crowd at Ball Arena since the pandemic shut down the 2019-20 season more than a year ago.

The crowd consisted of employees of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment and healthcare professionals who have been on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

Denver coach Michael Malone welcomed the rowdies back to the arena formerly known as the Pepsi Center, normally one of the loudest venues in the NBA.

He said he was glad to have family watch them in person for the first time since last March.

“The fact that we are inviting front-line workers is a tremendous gesture,” Malone said with a shoutout to the work “these frontline workers have been doing on a daily basis to help fight COVID and all the damage it has inflected upon us as a city, a state, a country and all across the world.”

The 76ers’ backups closed the third quarter on a 10-2 run and kept up the pressure in the fourth, finally chipping the deficit below double digits in the final minute while Philly’s starters cheered them on.

“Well, the positive is that the clock finally expired,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said.

“That was one very good positive, because I was hoping they would do the AAU rules and just keep the clock (running).

I thought we should have had a running clock from the first quarter on.”

The Nuggets savored the closer-than-it-needed-to-be victory.

“It was so fun,” Porter said of hearing the crowd cheering in Denver again.

“We missed that energy from the crowd.

It’s just good to have fans back in the building.

We were having to create our own energy.

“It’s good to see things starting to get back to a little normal.”

TIP-INS

76ers: Dwight Howard picked up a Flagrant-1 foul when he hammered Will Barton in the closing seconds of the first half.

,,, Rivers said big man Joel Embid is close to returning from a bone bruise on his left knee that has sideline him since March 12.

Embid has returned to on-court activities and is working on his conditioning.

“He’s close, I can tell you that,” Rivers said.

Nuggets: Paul Millsap, Porter, P.J.

Dozier and Murray sank 3s during Denver’s 12-3 run to close the first quarter.

PG Monte Morris (thigh) missed his 10th consecutive game and Malone said Morris is expected to be considered questionable for Thursday’s game against the Clippers and “then right after that we can probably try to work him into a game.”

UP NEXT

76ers: Wrap up a six-game trip with a visit to Cleveland on Thursday night.

Nuggets: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night before returning to Denver for a five-game homestand.

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The game was the second of two meetings between the teams on the season, as the Nuggets bested an extremely shorthanded Sixers squad back in January

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Two contenders in their respective conferences went at it when the Denver Nuggets hosted the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

The game was the second of two meetings between the teams on the season, as the Nuggets bested an extremely shorthanded Sixers squad back in January.

Heading into the second matchup, the Nuggets sat fifth in the competitive Western Conference playoff picture, while the Sixers occupied the top spot in the East. 

Typically, a contest between the Nuggets and Sixers features a battle of arguably the two best centers in the game in Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid.

That wasn’t the case this time though, as Embiid remains sidelined with a bone bruise in his knee.

The Sixers hope to have him back soon, and they certainly could have used his services on Tuesday night.

Without Embiid in the lineup, Denver faced little rim resistance, and they were able to capitalize.

Over the course of the contest, the Nuggets shot 48 percent from the floor, and 38 percent from long range and ultimately they walked away with a 104-95 win.

Jamal Murray led the way for the Nuggets with 30 points and six rebounds, and Michael Porter Jr.

added 27 points and 12 rebounds of his own.

Rookie Tyrese Maxey led the way for Philadelphia with 13 points. 

Here’s a look at four takeaways from Denver’s win over Philadelphia. 

In case you just saw the score and didn’t actually get to watch the game, here’s what you need to know.

The final score makes the game look a lot closer than it actually was.

This wasn’t a close contest for the vast majority of the 48 minutes.

In fact, it was the exact opposite.

Denver dominated the game from early on, and then never really looked back.

The Nuggets doubled the Sixers up in the first quarter and led 44-22 after 12 minutes of action.

By halftime, the score was 68-45 and it was clear that the Nuggets were in control.

In fact, Jokic, Murray, and Porter Jr.

outscored the Sixers themselves in the first half, 48-45.

The Sixers made some major inroads in the second half to make the score respectable.

Philadelphia even outscored Denver 50-36 over the final 24 minutes, thanks largely to some solid bench play.

Ultimately though, the hole that the Sixers dug for themselves in the first half was just too big to overcome.

The Sixers have blown leads in the past, but this was the opposite situation.

They came on strong late but were doomed by their slow start as Denver pulled out a wire-to-wire win. 

Michael Porter Jr.

had himself a game against the Sixers.

The third-year forward finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block while shooting 11-for-16 from the floor and 5-for-7 from long range.

Productive play like this has been a trend of late from Porter Jr.

Over his last 20 games, Porter Jr.

has averaged 19 points and 8.8 rebounds per performance while shooting 57 percent from the field and 50 percent from deep. 

MPJ last 20 games:

19.0 PPG
8.8 RPG
57.5 FG%
50.9 3P%
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Porter Jr.

is developing into a legitimate third option for the Nuggets, which will be big come postseason play, as Jokic and Murray can’t do all of the heavy lifting.

The addition of Aaron Gordon should help in that regard too.

Though he had a relatively quiet night against the Sixers and finished with just six points and four rebounds in 25 minutes of action. 

Things are very tight in the standings at the top of the Eastern Conference.

So tight in fact, that with the loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday night — their second straight loss after falling to the Clippers in L.A.

on Saturday night — Philadelphia lost sole control of first place in the East.

Through 47 games, the Sixers and Brooklyn Nets are now tied record-wise at 32-15.

The race between those two teams down the stretch of the season will be an extremely interesting one to watch, as both teams obviously want homecourt advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

In the battle for positioning, every game really starts to matter at this point in the season. 

Anyone that has listened to a few Doc Rivers press conferences can pick up on the fact that he has a pretty solid sense of humor, even in defeat.

When asked if he could pull any positives from the tough loss that the Sixers just suffered at the hands of the Nuggets, the response from Rivers drew chuckles from media members.

“The clock finally expired,” he said.

Doc Rivers on positives from tonight’s game: “The clock finally expired.”

Well done, coach.

 

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