Andre Iguodala returned to the Wells Fargo Center, the only home court he's ever known in his nine-year pro career, this time, for the first time, wearing the colors of an opponent. The NBA all-star and Olympian largely stifled Evan Turner, the man tabbed as his replacement. But he couldn't do it all as the revamped Sixers opened the season with an 84-75 victory against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. The Sixers (1-0) used strong shooting from beyond the arc in the first half, tremendous offensive output from the bench and strong defense in the post in the fourth quarter, when the Nuggets (0-1) cut a 14-point deficit to one, to fuel the victory. "We had a stretch in the game when we were up 13, I think we had six straight possessions when we could have blown the game open, and we did not score," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "We had good looks, but we could not get a basket, and they got themselves right back in the game." Jrue Holiday shot just 25 percent from the field, but had 14 points, six rebounds and 11 assists – and perhaps the play of the game – in more than 41 minutes of action. His running jumper from 13 feet, plus his converting a three-point play with 4:19 remaining, pushed the Sixers' advantage to 74-70 after the Nuggets managed to cut their deficit to 1. The Sixers ran away with it from there. Spencer Hawes came off the bench to lead five Sixers in double-figure scoring, finishing with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. He was serenaded by the 19,101 fans in attendance, who chanted his name and "MVP" throughout a tense final quarter.
Hawes stars as Sixers top Iguodala, Nuggets in opener
Courier-Post | Nov 1