76ers-Nuggets Preview – FOXSports.com
Updated MAR 25, 2015 2:23a ET
Fresh off experiencing his first extended road trip as interim coach of the Denver Nuggets, Melvin Hunt couldn’t help from smiling when discussing the comforts of home.
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that Hunt has won four of the five games he’s coached at Pepsi Center.
Denver seeks a fourth consecutive home victory Wednesday night when it faces a Philadelphia 76ers team looking to snap its longest road losing streak in more than 27 years.
Hunt has gone 7-5 since taking over for the fired Brian Shaw on March 4, including a 2-3 record on a trip that ended with Sunday’s 119-100 victory over Orlando. The Nuggets (27-44) scored their second-most points of the season, helped by a career-high 40 from Danilo Gallinari.
”It was one of those nights when the basket looks like a swimming pool,” said Gallinari, who is averaging 22.8 points over his last five games.
The Nuggets appeared relaxed at practice Tuesday, especially Hunt. They’ve won three straight at home, with the last two victories coming against Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta on March 11 and NBA-best Golden State two nights later.
“We had some adversity on the road and it was good for us,” Hunt said. “For the guys you could just see a sense of, OK, we got through that task. Now we’re back home and you could see a little bit of a relief.”
Denver’s three-game skid during its trip pales in comparison to the struggles Philadelphia (17-54) continues to experience away from home. The 76ers have dropped 16 straight on the road, the club’s longest such skid since losing 20 in a row from Dec. 28, 1987-March 4, 1988.
Philadelphia’s last road win came against Brooklyn on Jan. 9. It is completing a three-game trip with this contest after falling 107-106 to Sacramento on Tuesday.
Robert Covington scored 21 points while Nerlens Noel finished with 14, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Thomas Robinson had a career-high 16 points. The Sixers had a chance to win in the final seconds, but Hollis Thompson committed Philadelphia’s 21st turnover.
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