MEMPHIS, Tenn. - With Jason Richardson out with a sore back, the 76ers opted to go with Dorell Wright in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Grizzlies.

Wright started earlier in the season when Richardson missed four games with a sprained ankle. During that stretch, Wright, who is averaging 8.0 points this season, averaged 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds.

Sixers coach Doug Collins wanted to use Wright's size - he's 6-foot-9 - against Memphis' 6-8 Rudy Gay. That's one of the reasons he opted to go with Wright instead of Nick Young, who has made three starts this season. (Gay wound up missing the game for personal reasons.)

"This, I think, just works out better," Collins said. "He gives us a little more size - Rudy Gay is pretty big."

The move paid off: Wright scored 28 points in the win.

A homecoming

Memphis is home to Thaddeus Young. So the Sixer went straight to Memphis from Brooklyn, where the Sixers played Sunday, to spend as much time as possible with his family, including his mother, Lula Hall.

Young related before the game how his mother didn't want to quit her job at a local warehousing and storage company where she had worked for years.

Young said he had to make Hall, who was one of many family members and friends at the game, retire.

"When I got drafted she kept on working and didn't tell me," said Young, who last December signed a five-year, $42 million extension with the Sixers. "My sister told me a few months in that Mom was still working. . . .

"She wasn't trying to live off of her son's dreams or riches or anything like that. That lets you know that you have a great mom who is willing to do anything."

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