NO JOJO, NO BIGGIE! SUPER DARIO LEADS SIXERS PAST JAZZ 104-97 FOR 5TH STRAIGHT!

By Harry Allison

Dario Saric scored a season-high 25 points and the 76ers won their fifth straight game — their longest in five seasons — with a 104-97 victory over the Utah Jazz.

”Because it’s a win and it’s on the road, makes it more special,” coach Brett Brown said. ”But really, there are parts you want to tighten up at the end. … To the guys’ credit, it’s a gutsy win.

”I leave here not elated at all. We foul too much, we turn over the ball too much, but we played. We were tough and we found a way to grind it out.”

The Sixers ripped off a 21-7 run to start the third quarter, highlighted by eight straight points from J.J. Redick, to take a 67-51 lead it never relinquished.

The Sixers seemed to have more energy on both ends of the floor despite being on the road without starting center Joel Embiid.

Ben Simmons initiated the offense while Saric and Redick knocked down shots. Saric grabbed 10 rebounds, Redick scored 20 points and Simmons finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists as the former No. 1 draft pick had his seventh double-double of the season.

Robert Covington added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

It was Philly’s first victory in Utah since 2005.

”It shows a lot about our team,” Simmons said. ”We’re playing a lot more calm than before. Trying to make less errors and turnovers down the stretch and taking care of the ball. And getting stops. It just comes down to that.”

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