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Joel Embiid, Sixers 3-point shooting too much for Denver Nuggets – The Denver Post

Nuggets coach Michael Malone always warns against these games.

The games against teams with a worse record than the Nuggets. The games against teams supposedly tired, coming into Denver on the second of a back-to-back. The games where injuries severely deplete the opponents’ roster.

Those are minefield games, the games a team is “supposed” to win. On Friday night, it was the game the Nuggets did not win. Philadelphia rolled into the Pepsi Center and put on a 3-point shooting show in a 124-122 win over the Nuggets.

“I think when you win a few games you start to feel pretty good about yourself and you forget why you’ve been winning games,” Malone said. “We’re not a team that can just show up.”

Both teams were productive from the arc, but the Sixers were borderline unconscious from the arc, nailing 3-pointers left and right until they reached 16 on the night. Not only did they hit that many, which was just short of a season high for a Nuggets opponent, but they hit a big percentage of them – 48.5 percent to be exact.

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