76ers powered past Suns by Young, Brand

Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash, right looks to pass as Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young (21) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr.)

January 25, 2011 4:34:08 AM PST
Thaddeus Young scored 24 points, Elton Brand had 22 points and nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Phoenix Suns 105-95 on Monday night.

Evan Turner and Lou Williams each scored 14 points for a Sixers team that was hot from the beginning. The Sixers shot nearly 60 percent for most of the game and built a 22-point lead in the third quarter.

The Sixers won their 14th home game, two more than last season. Coach Doug Collins and the rest of the team are openly talking about catching New York for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

More nights like this one and they might get there.

Brand scored nine points in the third quarter as the Sixers started to pull away as part of an energetic effort.