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Derrick Favors scored a career-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds in his first start for Utah, and the Jazz beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-99 in their home opener Friday night to avoid their first 0-3 start in 32 years.
Paul Millsap added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who have beaten the 76ers seven straight times at home and in 21 of the last 23 meetings in Salt Lake City.
Favors started at center for Utah in place of Al Jefferson, who did not play because of an inflamed right ankle.
Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 22 points for the Sixers and reserve Lou Williams added 20 but missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Jazz trailed by as many as 13 points in the second quarter before rallying.
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Starting center Al Jefferson missed Utah's game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night because of an inflamed right ankle.
The Jazz (0-2) made the announcement about 40 minutes before tipoff against the Sixers (1-1).
It was the first game Jefferson missed since being acquired in a trade from Minnesota last year. He started all 82 games last year and the first two for...
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It's been 32 years since the Utah Jazz opened with three straight losses. A visit from the Philadelphia 76ers could help them avoid that dubious mark.
Utah looks to continue its dominance of Philadelphia and dodge its worst start since opening the 1979-80 season with four consecutive defeats as it plays its first home game Friday night.
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Last night the Sixers had an opportunity to gain momentum in this young but yet shortened NBA season. Instead Doug Collins’ troops dropped a winnable contest against a Utah Jazz squad still searching for an identity 102-99.
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