76ers easily beat Thunder for 3rd straight victory

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The Philadelphia 76ers expended quite a bit of energy in overcoming a 26-point deficit in their victory at Indiana.

Yet they still had plenty of pep one night later.

Thaddeus Young scored 23 points, Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala added 15 apiece, and the 76ers cruised past the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-85 on Saturday.

“We got some energy after halftime and built on it,” Iguodala said. “It was a good win for us.”

Samuel Dalembert contributed 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Sixers, who won their third straight game to even their record at 5-5.

One night after staging a furious rally to win 94-92 at Indiana, Philadelphia had little trouble dispatching of the Thunder. Young shot 10-of-15 from the field and all 12 Sixers players scored.

“That’s the NBA,” Brand said. “Coming off an emotional win where we expended a lot of energy, we had to play with intensity.”

Jeff Green scored 21 points and Kevin Durant added 13 for Oklahoma City, which fell to 1-9 and dropped its seventh in a row. Durant, who was the Rookie of the Year last season, shot just 6-of-18. Russell Westbrook also had 13 points and Johan Petro grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Thunder are 0-5 on the road after finishing 7-34 last season for Seattle before relocating. It was their worst loss of the season, surpassing a 109-92 home defeat against Orlando last Wednesday.

“We played like a team playing its fifth game in seven nights,” Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo said. “We dug a hole, then lost our intensity.”

The Sixers went on a 23-8 run in the third quarter and led 69-50 on a tip by Dalembert with 4:36 remaining. Philadelphia’s lead swelled to as many as 27.

“I thought our defense was a major part of it,” Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said.

Despite pockets of empty seats at the Wachovia Center—announced attendance was 13,385—the fans showed their appreciation as the Sixers continued building their huge lead.

“I thought our ball movement was good,” Iguodala said. “Everyone got involved.”

The Sixers led 46-42 at halftime, then got a number of easy baskets and were never threatened in the second half. Oklahoma City committed 19 turnovers en route to its ninth loss in 10 games.

“There’s been too many of those nights this year, about nine of them,” Thunder forward Nick Collison said.


Iguodala had a spectacular one-handed dunk early in the third quarter. Green hit a 3-pointer just before the first quarter buzzer. Thunder F Chris Wilcox was inactive with a sprained right knee. Dalembert registered his third double-double. Philadelphia F Reggie Evans left with a sprained left thumb and did not return in the second half.

Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Oklahoma City
J. Green Jeff Green
10-15,  21 Pts
3 Rebs, 4 Assists
T. Young Thaddeus Young
10-15,  23 Pts
4 Rebs, 2 Assists

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