Sixers pull shade on SunsDec 29, 2011 - 4:50 AM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Andre Iguodala led three players with 15 points apiece as the Philadelphia 76ers rolled over the Phoenix Suns 103-83 at US Airways Center.
Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young also tallied 15 points, while Lou Williams chipped in with 13 and Evan Turner joined Jodie Meeks with 12 each for the Sixers, who recovered from a season-opening loss to Portland.
Ronnie Price led Phoenix with 16 points, Grant Hill and Hakim Warrick each added 14, but Steve Nash scored just four on 2-of-11 shooting and surprisingly registered just one assist.
From a 13-13 tie, the Sixers scored 12 of the period's final 17 points. Nikola Vucevic scored four of his six points down the stretch, including a short jumper in the final seconds to open a 25-18 lead.
Philadelphia slowly built its lead during the second quarter, pushing it to 14, 48-34, at the quarter's conclusion thanks to Iguodala's trey with just under seven seconds on the clock.
It all went wrong for Phoenix in a humbling third period, as the home team didn't score at all until Shannon Brown's jumper with 5:48 left in the period, a span of 6 minutes, 12 seconds. Phoenix missed nine straight shots during that stretch, a 19-0 spurt that turned a respectable contest into a 33-point rout. Holiday scored eight of those points, including an 18-foot jumper for a 67-34 lead with just over six minutes to go.
Phoenix got the deficit down to 26 points by the end of the period, making eight buckets over the final half of a quarter that saw Holiday score 11 points and the Sixers made 63 percent of their shots.
Philadelphia cruised to victory in the fourth stanza.
Philadelphia made 47.7 percent of its shots, including seven treys...The Sixers held a 48-39 edge on the backboards and held a 50-36 edge on points in the paint...Phoenix made 41.3 percent of its shots, but made only 2-of-11 treys...Nash finished with six turnovers and didn't record an assist in the final three quarters...Robin Lopez, who scored 21 points in the season opener, totaled seven points and grabbed six rebounds in the loss. Philadelphia still plays at Utah, Golden State and New Orleans on a five-game road trip to start the season.
- PHILADELPHIA: 103
Dec 28 11:17 PM
- PHILADELPHIA: 80
End of 3rd
Dec 28 10:48 PM
- PHILADELPHIA: 48
Dec 28 10:07 PM
- PHILADELPHIA: 25
End of 1st
Dec 28 9:39 PM
- PHILADELPHIA: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Dec 28 9:12 PM
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