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Maxey, 76ers beat Nuggets 103-89 to snap 5-game skid



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DENVER – – Tyrese Maxey scored 22 points, Seth Curry added 20 and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 103-89 on Thursday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Playing without Joel Embiid and three other regulars, the 76ers held Nikola Jokic to three points in the second half in part thanks to the play of rookie big man Charles Bassey. Embiid’s absence wiped out a center matchup of the top two vote getters for last season’s NBA MVP.

The award winner, Jokic, was matched up with veteran Andre Drummond and Bassey instead. And while Jokic dominated in the first half with 27 points, he got little help and the Sixers went at him defensively with Bassey and Drummond in the second half.

Austin Rivers, who had five points on 2-of-8 shooting, first signed with the Nuggets in April and re-signed in September.

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