DENVER -- The Philadelphia 76ers believe they are starting to see things more clearly.
The Denver Nuggets wouldn't mind closing their eyes to their current woes.
After trailing by as many as nine points in the opening period, Philadelphia used a 44-point second quarter that was sparked by its bench to take a 68-56 lead into halftime. The 44 points were most the 76ers scored in a quarter since 1996, and the 68 was their high for a half this season.
The consecutive wins came over the struggling Los Angeles Lakers and a Nuggets team that might best be described as lost, but the 76ers didn't seem to mind.
Added Philadelphia forward Thaddeus Young: "Our second unit did a really good job of taking advantage of the opportunity to play and picking up the defensive intensity in the game. They worked (the Nuggets') second unit real good."
After the game, first-year Nuggets coach Brian Shaw blasted his team for what he said was a lack of effort. Asked if his players are buying into his strategy, Shaw answered: "It certainly doesn't look like that right now.
"In terms of my philosophy, playing hard is part of any coach's philosophy, whether it's our team or any other team. Whether you buy into what I'm running offensively or what I'm running defensively, what should be universal is coming out and giving effort.
"Everybody is getting a paycheck, including myself. So when it's time to go to work, you have to go to work, and you give it everything you have and leave it on the floor, and I don't think we're doing that, starting with me and sprinkling down to the players."
Said Nuggets center J.J. Hickson: "The good thing about this league is you get 82 games. We have nowhere to go but up. We've hit rock bottom.
"We need to take pride in our defense on the court."
All five Nuggets starters scored in double figures. Hickson had a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, and forward Wilson Chandler added 16 points. Guard Ty Lawson contributed 15 points and 11 assists.
NOTES: Philadelphia assistant coach Chad Iske spent the previous 14 seasons with the Nuggets. He was Denver's video coordinator and an advanced scout before becoming an assistant coach in 2008. Iske is a graduate of Regis Jesuit High School in suburban Aurora, Colo. ... G Randy Foye returned to Denver's starting lineup after coming off the bench the previous three games, and he scored 14 points. Foye started the season's first 27 games. "He wasn't defending well, he wasn't rebounding, he wasn't making plays for his teammates and he was struggling shooting the ball, so it was a combination of all of those things that landed him in the second unit," coach Brian Shaw said. Foye had 11 points and seven assists in Monday's loss to the Miami Heat, but Shaw said leaving Foye in the fourth quarter of a 21-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday enabled the guard to find his rhythm again. ... Philadelphia G Tony Wroten and Denver G Nate Robinson are cousins.