Williams, Young Lift 76ers Past Jazz, 104-91
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young scored 21 points each, lifting the Philadelphia 76ers past the Utah Jazz 104-91 on Friday night.
Evan Turner had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Jrue Holiday also scored 16 point, and Andre Iguodala added 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers, who followed Wednesday’s 32-point victory over the Boston Celtics with another impressive performance.
Paul Millsap had 15 points to lead the Jazz while Derrick Favors and Al Jefferson added 14 each. Gordon Hayward had 13 and Devin Harris 10 as Utah snapped a two-game winning streak.
Young returned with a strong performance following a one-game absence with an upper respiratory illness.
Turner was also especially impressive in his third consecutive start. Two nights ago, he scored a career-high 26 points and added nine rebounds. Against the Jazz, he kept the momentum going with another steady effort.
The Sixers led 78-68 after the third quarter and increased their advantage to 89-74 midway through the fourth. Holiday scored the Sixers’ first seven points in the fourth and Williams took control from there with six points in the quarter.
Utah never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
The Jazz had climbed back to .500 by winning two of the first three on a five-game road trip that concludes Saturday at Chicago.
Unlike the previous two games — a 109-99 win at Cleveland and a 99-93 victory at Charlotte — the Jazz could never get into an offensive rhythm against the Sixers. Utah shot 41 percent, including 3 for 11 from 3-point territory.
The Sixers shot 51 percent from the field in the first half and took a slim 49-47 at halftime.
NOTES: Utah assistant coach Jeff Hornacek received a technical foul with 5:11 left in the third quarter. … Sixers director of statistical information Harvey Pollack celebrated his 90th birthday and was honored by the team during the game. Pollack has been with the league since its inaugural 1946-47 season, and he wrote the “100″ sign held by Wilt Chamberlain following his record-setting 100-point performance against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.
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