PHOENIX - Just keep scoring.
That's what the 76ers needed to do on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns, a team known for its point production.
They needed to outscore their hosts.
It seemed an unlikely task for a team whose scoring prowess is virtually nonexistent, but that's exactly what happened inside of U.S. Airways Center: The Sixers kept scoring and defeated the Suns, 123-110.
The Sixers, without Andre Iguodala, improved to 13-19. The Suns, led by Steve Nash's 23 points and 15 assists, dropped to 13-17.
The Sixers reached 100 points with 9 minutes, 1 second remaining in the game and had seven players in double-figure scoring: Jrue Holiday scored 25, Andres Nocioni 22, Evan Turner 23, Elton Brand 16, Thaddeus Young 15, Spencer Hawes 10, and Lou Williams 10.
The Sixers scored 44 points in the paint, 20 fastbreak points, and shot 53.8 percent from the floor. All of this was done without Iguodala, who missed his second consecutive game with right Achilles tendinitis.
Turner's three-pointer with 1:42 remaining pushed the Sixers' lead to 117-107 and was the final meaningful basket of the game.
The Suns have lost four games in a row.
A defensive battle, the first quarter was not. After consecutive games in which scoring was difficult to come by, the Sixers shot at a remarkably high clip against Phoenix.
It's just that the Suns were shooting even higher.
By the end of the first quarter, the Sixers and Suns had combined for 68 points. The Sixers, who often struggle to reach 40 percent shooting from the floor, were 15 for 25 from the field (60 percent). The Suns were even better, shooting 15 for 23 (65.2 percent) on the way to a 35-33 lead.
Through the first half of play, the ball kept splashing through the net. The Suns' Grant Hill dropped a couple of midrange jumpers, Holiday navigated through the paint to the tune of 12 points, and Nash did his usual mix of inside and out, of scoring and dishing, and had a double-double by halftime.
There wasn't much defense, but there was plenty of running and gunning and not a lot of swarming and deflecting.
Nocioni and Young combined for 24 first-half points on 10-for-17 shooting. Williams, who flew into Phoenix Wednesday morning, scored 10 points in 12 minutes and looked like he hadn't missed a minute of time. Even the rookie Turner, who has had limited minutes this season, had some swagger in nailing a quartet of pull-up jumpers and stripping Hill on his way to the basket.
By halftime, the Sixers were ahead, 66-65. The two teams had combined for 53 field goals; the Sixers were shooting 61.4 percent from the floor and the Suns were shooting 59.1 percent.