Allen Iverson's return wasn't bad: 11 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, but the 76ers lost to the Nuggets 93 -83. The first half was definitely stifling for the Denver offense. Carmelo Anthony held to 14 points, ending his 20 game, 20+ streak. Bummer.
HOWEVER! Chauncey Billups scored huge for the Nugs, 31 points, and Ty Lawson had 12 very, very important 4th quarter buckets in which he took on the big men, scored, and did NOT get the foul. Lawson also put a nice block down on Allen Iverson, who had 11 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds.
Despite a dislocated finger, Kenyon Martin came back into the game and provided some big 4th quarter rebounds and paint presence.
The Philadelphia squad looked good but you've got to blame Eddie Jordan for NOT playing Thaddeus Young more (21 points), heck, leave him in the entire game if you wanted to win. Samuel Dalembert had an awesome game with 8 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 blocks, and Andre Iguodala scored 31 points. Why didn't Jordan leave them in, even if it risked fouling out, you're on a 9 game skid. Well, make it 10.
One more thing, Willie Green, Dalembert, Thaddeus, Iguodala and Brand make a scary starting unit. Let Iverson start but then put him on the bench. He's a great exclamation point to the team but shouldn't start.
The Nuggets have beaten the Spurs and the 76ers on the road, so the haters need to quiet down about their abilities on the road.
Denver's defense came through huge in the second half. Props to Chris Andersen, Nene, Lawson and Billups for their huge defensive rebounds which accounted for 30 out of 41 on the night.