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Nuggets vs. 76ers recap: Denver cold in season-opening loss

Poor shooting and turnovers hindered the Nuggets offense in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Drew Hallowell

The Denver Nuggets struggled through their season opener, falling to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, 84-75.

Shooting just 38% on the night, the Nuggets mustered only 30 points between the second and third quarters, and trailed 65-52 after the third frame. Ty Lawson led Denver with 16 points on 7-17 shooting, while also handing out seven assists and grabbing five rebounds.

New Nugget Andre Iguodala scored just 11 points on 5-13 shooting.

The Sixers got strong contribution from their bench, as Spencer Hawes led Philadelphia scorers with 16 points while also pulling down 12 rebounds. Dorell Wright also chipped in 14 points off the bench. Point guard Jrue Holiday scored 14 points and dished 11 assists in 41 minutes for the Sixers, as well.

Kosta Koufos led the Nuggets in rebounding with nine boards, playing 30 minutes as the starting center. In addition to the cold shooting night, Denver also committed 20 turnovers, leading to 24 Philadelphia points.

Denver's next game is in Florida against the Orlando Magic on Fri., Nov. 2.

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