(PHILADELPHIA) — Spencer Hawes made sure Andre Iguoadola’s return to Philadelphia was not a joyous one.
Hawes scored 16 points, Jrue Holliday had 14, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 84-75 on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Iguodala was playing his first game in a Denver (0-1) uniform since being traded in the offseason. He thanked the Philadelphia fans on his website earlier Wednesday. “I will always share my accomplishments with the city and the organization and I thank you both for all that you have done for me,” he wrote.
Iguodala scored only 11 points in his debut.
Newly aquired big man Andrew Bynum did not play for the Sixers (1-0) while he recovers from a knee injury, but Hawes filled the void with 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. “We have big expectations this year,” Hawes said. “We know we have to contribute whatever way we’re asked.”
The Nuggets trailed by as much as 13 in the fourth quarter and chipped the lead to one before being turned back.
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Jill Martin, CNN