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Saturday, December 7th (All times Eastern)

Denver Nuggets (11-8) at Philadelphia 76ers (7-13), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Nuggets will try to get back on track during their current road trip Saturday night when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.

After wins in their first two stops at Toronto and Brooklyn, the Nuggets have fallen at Cleveland and in Boston on Friday night. Denver lost to the Celtics, 106-98, but showed a lot of heart in defeat.

The Nuggets were down 27 points and cut it all the way to three before the C's pulled out the victory.

"No excuse tonight. We can't continue to put ourselves at a deficit and spot a team a 24-point lead in the first half and expect to be able to win the game," said Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw. "We have to expend so much energy to get back into the game and we do that, and then we just turn around and just give it away. But it just takes too much energy to expend and try to get back into it."

Ty Lawson led six Nuggets in double figures with 20. J.J. Hickson added 17, followed by 12 from Randy Foye and 11 from Nate Robinson. Andre Miller and Timofey Mozgov both scored 10 off the bench.

Denver allowed Boston a season-high 39 points in the first quarter and the Celtics shot 51.8 percent from the field, while only committing 10 turnovers.

The Nuggets will close out their road trip in Washington on Monday.

The Sixers lost for the fifth time in six tries Friday night in Charlotte. The Bobcats pummeled the Sixers, 105-88 as Philly, the worst defensive team in the league, allowed 100 or more points for the eighth consecutive game.

It was troubling to allow Charlotte so many points considering the Bobcats rank dead last in the NBA in scoring at 89.6 ppg. The Sixers surrendered 62 points in the first half.

"We know our sickness, we know what our weakness is," said Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown of his team's defense. "Some of it is the way we play, some of it is individual attention to defense. It's a concern no matter who we play when they roll out those types of numbers in the first half."

Star rookie Michael Carter-Williams stayed in Philadelphia with a sore knee and is expected to miss Saturday's contest as well. Carter-Williams had a triple-double his last time out in a double-overtime victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

Tony Wroten, who started in place of Carter-Williams against the Bobcats, led the Sixers with 21 points and nine assists. Evan Turner scored 16 points and Hollis Thompson netted 12. Spencer Hawes had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds and Lavoy Allen came off the bench and grabbed 10 boards.

The teams split last season's two meetings, but Denver has won three of its last five in the City of Brotherly Love.

12/07 10:26:57 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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