January 23 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Life on the road in the NBA can be a true downer, as the 76ers found out earlier this week and the Utah Jazz continued to realize this weekend.
The Sixers exceeded last year’s home win total with Saturday’s 96-85 win over the Jazz at the Wells Fargo Center.
While it’s not raising the bar very high by comparing the Sixers to last season’s inconsistent and frequently lifeless unit, the Sixers improved to 18-25 overall and 13-7 at the Wells Fargo Center. Last year they were 12-29 at home.
“It’s a great thing to top last year’s mark with a lot of home games left,” said forward Elton Brand, who had 19 points and eight rebounds. “Our fans have given us a lot of support and it’s a good feeling.”
Andre Iguodala had a team-high 22 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter.
“I saw a lot of openings in the first three quarters and took advantage of it in the fourth quarter,” Iguodala said.
Lou Williams added 20 points, despite shooting 5 for 15 from the field.
Sixers center Spencer Hawes, who has not been very productive since missing his only game of the season on Jan. 3 with a back strain, recorded 11 rebounds to go along with eight points. It was his first double-figure rebounding effort since grabbing 11 in a win at Phoenix on Dec. 29.
Utah, meanwhile has been a solid group away from home, just not recently. This was the fourth game of their current road trip all have ended in defeat.
The four-game losing streak for Utah (27-17) is the Jazz’ longest of the season. The Jazz end this five-game road trip Tuesday in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
The Sixers are coming off consecutive road defeats – 99-98 in overtime at Orlando, and 100-97 in Charlotte.
Leading by as many as 13 points in the second quarter, the Sixers had a 47-41 advantage at halftime.”
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