NBA: Nuggets beat depleted 76ers
Washington: The Philadelphia 76ers were routed 115-103 by the going to Denver Nuggets on Saturday, with the group so severely diminished by Covid-19 procedures and injuries that they were required to dress an injured player.
The short-handed Sixers were down to simply seven healthy gamers, pushing coach Doc Rivers to trigger Mike Scott, who had a left knee injury, so they might fulfill the league requirement to have a minimum of 8 players. Scott sat on the group bench but didn’t play.
The Sixers were missing out on a number of beginners, including Seth Curry, who tested favorable for the coronavirus on Thursday. Because of contact tracing, Covid-19 health protocols and injuries a number of other stars were also missing out on consisting of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris. Prior to the video game, Rivers stated he felt it ought to have been held off.
Nikola Jokic had 15 points and 12 assists and Gary Harris scored 21 points to lead the Nuggets. Jamal Murray and Will Barton had 14 points apiece for the Nuggets, who broke open a close game after halftime. JaMychal Green and Monte Morris added 12 points each.
Rookie Tyrese Maxey tallied a career-high 39 points on 18-of-33 shooting, Isaiah Joe added 13 and Dakota Mathias had 12 for Philadelphia, who lost their second in a row and had their 20-game house winning streak snapped.
Cameroonian star centre Embiid was sidelined with back tightness while Australian guard Simmons was out with knee stiffness.
Somewhere Else, LaMelo Ball ended up being the youngest player in NBA history to tape-record a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-105. The 19-year-old Ball is 177 days younger than Markelle Fultz when he set the triple double record.
Tim Hardaway also scored 36 points and Trey Burke included a season-high 29 to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-98 triumph over the visiting Orlando Magic. The Mavericks lacked forward Dorian Finney-Smith and guards Josh Richardson and Jalen Brunson due to Covid-19 health and security protocols. Hardaway made 8 of 13 three-point efforts as the Mavericks beat Magic for the 14th time in the past 18 conferences.