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Nuggets aim to end Sixers' unbeaten home mark

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Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers

  1. The Nuggets beat the 76ers in Denver, 100-97, when the teams met on November 8. Denver has lost its last two games in Philadelphia and has a 15-30 record on the road versus the Sixers all-time. The Nuggets have more away losses versus only two Eastern Conference teams (Celtics, 37/Hawks, 35).
  2. Denver started the season 13-3 but has gone 1-4 since November 30, seeing its scoring average drop from 107.3 in that first stretch to 103.8 in its last five games. The Nuggets have scored under 100 points in three of their last five games after doing so just twice in their first 16.
  3. Nikola Jokic is shooting 22.9 percent from three-point range this season, the lowest percentage by a player with at least 75 attempts. Jokic has gone 3-for-22 (.136) from beyond the arc over his last eight games.
  4. Philadelphia has won two straight, both at home, and has gone 10-2 overall since November 17. The 76ers have shot 40.1 percent from three over this 12-game stretch after shooting 33.8 percent from deep over their first 12 games.
  5. Tobias Harris has scored 20-plus points in four of his last five games and tied a season high with four three-pointers in his team's win over Toronto on Sunday. In his first 11 games, Harris shot 20.4 percent from three (10-for-49) but he has shot 41.4 percent (24-for-58) over his last 13.
  6. The Sixers are 12-0 at home, making them one of three remaining undefeated teams at home along with the Celtics (10-0) and the Heat (10-0). Denver is 6-4 on the road with three of those four losses coming since November 30.
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The Philadelphia 76ers will attempt to remain undefeated at home when they host the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

The Sixers improved to 12-0 at home with a 110-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Philadelphia held on despite committing 11 turnovers in the fourth quarter and seeing the Raptors go on a late surge.

Tobias Harris scored 26 points, rookie Matisse Thybulle added a career-best 20 and Ben Simmons had 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

Every home win during the run hasn't been picturesque, but the Sixers simply continue to grind out victories at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia also has won six of its past seven games overall.

"I think we're getting different nights from different guys that are stepping up," Harris said following the Sunday game. "Ben (on Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers) was just dominant, and I think everyone was flowing off of that (Saturday). Today, we just came out to get another win, and we look to do that next home game."

All-Star center Joel Embiid struggled Sunday and was benched in the fourth quarter by coach Brett Brown. Embiid committed seven turnovers but did contribute 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

"I think that his energy and his presence tonight was good," Brown said of Embiid. "At the end, they pressed and he had some rough decisions. It's unfortunate because for the large part of the game, he's one of the main reasons we won. It won't jump out to you on the statsheet, but it's Joel Embiid and his length. You can feel his presence really affected their rim work."

Thybulle knocked down five 3-pointers and helped carry the Sixers on a night Embiid was off. The University of Washington product has hardly looked like a rookie in recent games.

"I think I'm incredibly blessed," Thybulle said. "I'm so grateful, and to have the guys that we have on this team and to have the opportunity that I have is nothing short of a blessing."

The Nuggets, who already defeated the Sixers earlier this season in Denver, enter play Tuesday having lost four of their past five games.

Denver fell 105-102 on the road against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday as Jamal Murray missed a potential game-tying 3-point attempt as time expired. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 24 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while Murray added 21 points.

Jokic averages a double-double (16.1 points and 10.1 rebounds) and also leads the team in assists at 6.1 per game.

Denver's defense allowed 66 points in the paint against the Nets, which was a crucial reason the Nuggets lost again.

"It can't be that easy. We've just got to be stronger down there," Murray said of the team's interior defense. "If you've got to take a foul, take a foul, but that was just the whole game."

The Nuggets have had a difficult time recently getting their offense and defense to mesh in the same game, even though they are holding opponents to an NBA-low 101.9 points per game. Forwards Paul Millsap and Will Barton ranked among the top five in the league's defensive rating stat through the weekend, trailing only Embiid and the Milwaukee Bucks duo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe.

Millsap has arguably been the Nuggets' most consistent player all season. It won't always show in the statistics (13 points, 5.9 rebounds per game).

"He's been the quiet unsung hero of our team," coach Michael Malone said. "We've had a lot of younger guys who have been up and down, inconsistent. If you looked at our first 20 games, Paul has been Mr. Consistency for us, and that's what you expect from a 14-year veteran."

--Field Level Media

Updated December 10, 2019

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