Instant Replay: Sixers 99, Jazz 93
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They came with energy, they came with effort, and as a result the Sixers left the Wells Fargo Center with a victory over the Utah Jazz, 99-93.
The Sixers snapped their three-game home losing streak and improved their record to 5-4. The Jazz dropped their second straight and are 4-6 on the year.
The Sixers lost the rebounding battle in their previous two games by a combined 37 boards and the points in the paint contest, 84-52. Against the Jazz, the Sixers had 43 rebounds to Utah’s 40 and they were plus-four in the paint, at 42-38.
Lavoy Allen, Thaddeus Young and Jason Richardson all grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Sixers on the glass.
The Sixers' backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Richardson shouldered the early scoring with a combined 29 points in the first half. But six players finished in double-figures for the home team, with Holiday’s 26 being a game-high.
The Sixers shot 46 percent from the floor and held the Jazz to 45 percent.Turning point
The Jazz were down seven going into the fourth quarter, but with 10:11 to play the two were tied at 71. The Sixers proceeded to go on a 13-2 run with a lineup that included Evan Turner, Holiday, Nick Young, Thaddeus Young and Allen.
Late in the quarter the Jazz cut the Sixers' lead to 86-82 with 2:53 to play. After a timeout the Sixers scored three consecutive field goals to stretch their lead to 10. Answering the bell in crunch time is a characteristic that will go a long way over the course of an 82-game season.Follow the leader
Holiday refused to let the Sixers start slowly, as they have too often early this season. Holiday made all four of his first-quarter field goal attempt -- two of which were threes -- for 10 of the team’s 30 points through 12 minutes.
Holiday shot 8 for 10 in the first half but 4 for 11 in the second half. He had seven assists, six rebounds and four turnovers to go with his 26 points.
Richardson scored 20 points.
Paul Millsap had high-scoring honors for the Jazz, with 22 points. DeMarre Carroll scored a career high 17 on 6-for-6 shooting.Stat-egic
The Sixers were 10 for 18 from the three-point line and just 9 for 10 at the foul line. Through three quarters they had just two free throw attempts.Take a bow
Turner had no points and one rebound at halftime. He finished the game with 11 points, five assists and four rebounds. Minus a silly turnover with 26 seconds to play, his fourth-quarter decision-making was quite poised.Up next
The Sixers have two games remaining on this five-game homestand. They play Sunday at 6 p.m. against the Cleveland Cavaliers and then host Toronto on Tuesday. The Sixers catch the Cavs in a back-to-back situation as Cleveland hosts Dallas Saturday before flying to Philadelphia. The Cavs are currently 2-6 on the season and are led by point guard sensation Kyrie Irving’s 24.3 points and 6.5 assists.
Anderson Varejao averages 15.9 points and 13.7 rebounds, while Philadelphia native Dion Waiters is off to a nice rookie season, averaging 14.5 points.E-mail Dei Lynam at email@example.com