DENVER (AP) — Rookie Robert Covington tied a career high with 25 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 99-85 on Wednesday night.
Nerlens Noel had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the 76ers, who swept the season series from the Nuggets.
Ty Lawson scored 19 points and Wilson Chandler had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets.
Covington, who also tied a career high with six 3-pointers, scored 15 points in a 6:16 span of the third quarter to give Philadelphia a 66-62 lead.
Denver responded with a 14-6 run to end the third. Lawson hit a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which gave the Nuggets a 74-72 lead with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. Denver led by four midway through the fourth when Ish Smith drove in for a layup and Noel’s rebound and layup tied it at 79.
Philadelphia took control from there.
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