Still, Young wasn't gloating over his performance.
"It was very difficult losing those games," Young said during Saturday morning's shootaround at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "Each and every game is important for playoff purposes and we have to win a string of games."
Sixers coach Doug Collins said he made a pact with Young when he got the job.
"I said if you work with me I promise I will make you a better player," Collins said. ". . . Thad has answered the bell and he has been great."
Collins said developing a consistent perimeter game will boost Young's game.
"The next step for him is if he can consistently get a 15- to 16-foot jump shot," Collins said. "He would totally be unguardable, because teams are so afraid of him driving to the basket that they give him a cushion."
After missing the previous three games with a right middle finger fracture/dislocation, Andres Nocioni was available for Saturday's game, but he was the only Sixer not to play.
"I wanted Noch to practice rather than throw him in a game like this and see him move around," Collins said after the game.
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan doesn't mince words. When asked before Saturday's game what he said to his team following Friday's 110-86 loss in Boston that was Utah's third consecutive defeat, he said: "I thought we needed to play harder. We have to compete against teams that come out and get after us, and we can't sit back and let them beat us to death."
- Marc Narducci