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In a total shocker, Markelle Fultz returns against the Nuggets

27 March, 2018, 17:12 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Pacers guard Victor Oladipo celebrates a made three in Indiana's 113-107 overtime win over the Miami Heat

Walker was 4 for 4 in the extra period with three 3-pointers to outduel New York's Trey Burke, who finished with a career-high 42 points on 19-of-31 shooting and 12 assists.

In his pregame news conference, Colangelo emphasized that he didn't anticipate integrating Fultz into the rotation would pose any more disruption to the chemistry of the team - which has won 18 of its past 23 games - than the recent acquisitions of veterans Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova.

The Basketball Gods were in Philadelphia Monday, where Markelle Fultz became the first NBA player since Danny Ainge ironically with 10 points and 8 assists in just 15 minutes in his return for the Philadelphia 76ers.

"I was just focused on helping the team get the win, really", Fultz told NBC Sports on the court after the game. "He came to me and said coach, I'm ready to play, I want to play tonight". I just wanted to go out there and keep the same energy they had going on.

I was happy when Fultz took his first mid-range jump shot and his shooting form looked good despite him air balling the shot.

"We have ten games before the playoffs", Brown said.


"I felt like I had a little pop back, I had a little confidence", he said. ". It's been somewhat gradual, but there's been a quickening to the process recently, and we're seeing great development, and if we didn't feel this was putting him in the right situation, we wouldn't have him out there".

Fultz entered the game with 2 minutes 54 seconds remaining in the first quarter to thunderous applause at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and, after turning the ball over on his first trip up the court, he settled down and scored his first points since October with an easy layup. "We're all going to learn and see how this plays out". Denver's struggles to defend the 3-point line on this road trip continued, with the Sixers going 13-of-28 from long range.

Joel Embiid had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Sixers. The 76ers were trailing the Nuggets by a score of 59-51. It needed just over three minutes to take the lead for good, with Redick making two free throws for a 66-64 edge at the 8:49 mark.

Fultz's role is expected to be as the primary backup to Ben Simmons early on, with the (other) rookie assuming lead ballhandling duties on the second unit.

He is now 20 points shy of breaking Dell Curry's franchise scoring record and is in position to do so at home on Wednesday against LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers.

Nuggets: Denver scored only 15 points in the third and blew an eight-point halftime lead.

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