Andrew Toney scored 28 points, passed for 12 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds as the fast-breaking Philadelphia 76ers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 124-103 rout of Denver yesterday in Philadelphia.
It was the first "triple double" of Toney's four-year NBA career. Julius Erving scored 22 points and Moses Malone had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the 76ers, who had held a pregame players-only meeting
"I don't know if anything was resolved," said forward Bobby Jones. "We just shared our problems, got things out in the open. I think it brought us together."
Alex English scored 26 points for Denver, which has lost all 12 games it has played at the Spectrum. The Midwest Division-leading Nuggets had a three-game winning streak broken.
"We were really pathetic," Nuggets Coach Doug Moe said. "We weren't ready. We made it so easy for them."
Moe was ejected with 7:43 left in the third quarter and his team down, 76-55, when he received his second technical.
The 76ers had a moment of fright when rookie forward Charles Barkley slipped while dribbling on a fast break and fell on his left wrist in the first quarter.
After undergoing X-rays, Barkley said, "It was just a bad sprain." He predicted he would play Wednesday against Washington.
General Manager Pat Williams said a substance used to buff the floor made it slick, which caused several players to slip. He said rosin was applied to trouble spots at halftime.