Sixers hold off Suns, 104-101

Posted: November 26, 2012

No one could have blamed the 76ers if their gas tanks were running a little low on Sunday, as they welcomed the Phoenix Suns to the Wells Fargo Center less than 24 hours after a wild overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

But coach Doug Collins will not use fatigue as an excuse, so instead, he watched as his club sometimes put-putted, sometimes sped its way to an impressive, if unartistic, 104-101 win.

Jrue Holiday once again paced the Sixers (8-6) with a career-high 33 points to go with 13 assists, while Evan Turner collected 16 and nine rebounds and Lavoy Allen scored 11. The Sixers once again got beat on the boards, 41-33, but were able to overcome that by shooting a respectable 48.1 percent from the floor.

With 4 minutes and 30 seconds left in the third quarter, Suns center Marcin Gortat drove baseline and scored on a layup while getting fouled by Spencer Hawes. Collins pointed to Kwame Brown, who to that point had not played. Whether it was Brown's presence or just a coincidence, the Sixers went on a 16-10 run to finish the quarter, at one point getting the lead to as high as 10, 80-70, on a three-pointer by Nick Young.

But then came a scoring drought that covered 3:22 which turned into an 81-80 Suns lead. The Sixers, however, hit the gas and were able to forge ahead in the fourth and hold on for their eighth win in 14 games.

A 6-0 run by the Suns cut the lead to 98-97 late in the final quarter, but a pull-up, 16-footer by Jason Richardson with 47 seconds left gave the Sixers a 100-97 lead. Michael Beasley hit two free throws with 40 seconds left to again cut the lead to one, before Holiday drained a 12-footer off the dribble with 26 seconds remaining for a 102-99 advantage.

An easy layup for Markieff Morris again cut the lead to one with 19 seconds to go, but Holiday canned one of two foul shots with 14.8 seconds left and Beasley then missed a layup with 1.9 seconds remaining. Evan Turner's free throw provided the final margin.

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