WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)– The Philadelphia 76ers were routed 115-103 by the going to Denver Nuggets on Saturday, with the group so severely depleted by COVID-19 protocols and injuries that they were required to dress a hurt player.

The short-handed Sixers were down to just 7 healthy gamers, pressing Coach Doc Rivers to trigger Mike Scott, who had a left-knee injury, so they might meet the league requirement to have a minimum of 8 gamers. Scott rested on the team bench but didn’t play.

” COVID created this however the issue is not COVID now,” Rivers said. “The issue is injuries.”

The Sixers were missing a variety of starters, including Seth Curry who tested positive for the unique coronavirus on Thursday.

Since 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 game Rivers stated he felt it must have been delayed.

” I do not think we must [play], but it’s not for me to express that,” Rivers said. “I do fret about our gamer [s’] health.”

Also missing were Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton and Vincent Poirier.

” I rely on the league and I trust the physicians as far as health-wise,” Rivers said. “I’m more concerned with health on the flooring.”

Saturday’s video game had a chance to be the season’s second coronavirus-related video game postponement. The Houston Rockets had their season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder held off due to the fact that of a mix of favorable test results and contact tracing for Houston.

Nikola Jokic had 15 points and 12 assists and Gary Harris scored 21 indicate lead the Nuggets.

Jamal Murray and Will Barton had 14 points apiece for the Nuggets, who burst a close video game after half-time. JaMychal Green and Monte Morris included 12 points apiece.

Novice Tyrese Maxey tallied a career-high 39 points on 18-of-33 shooting, Isaiah Joe included 13 and Dakota Mathias had 12 for Philadelphia, who lost their 2nd 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 tightness.

” With the minutes we would need to ask [from Embiid] it would be ridiculous to play him,” Rivers said.

The Sixers began veterans Dwight Howard and Danny Green along with novice guards Isaiah Joe, Tyrese Maxey and Dakota Mathias.

The Nuggets lacked Michael Porter, who remains in quarantine due to COVID-19 security procedures.

” They deemed it safe sufficient to play,” Nuggets Coach Mike Malone stated. “To be truthful, I believe we’re going to start seeing more of this.”

Elsewhere, LaMelo Ball became the youngest player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history to 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 was 177 days younger than Markelle Fultz when he set the triple double record.

Ball shot 9 of 13 from the flooring as the Hornets handed the struggling Hawks their fourth-straight defeat. Ball was the third overall choice in the 2020 entry draft.

Tim Hardaway likewise scored 36 points and Trey Burke included a season-high 29 to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-98 victory over the going to Orlando Magic.

The Mavericks lacked forward Dorian Finney-Smith and guards Josh Richardson and Jalen Brunson due to COVID-19 health and security procedures.

Hardaway made eight of 13 three-point efforts as the Mavericks defeated Magic for the 14th time in the past 18 conferences.