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Favors scores 20 points to lift Jazz over Sixers

Updated: 31 December 2011 14:58 IST

Derrick Favors scored a career-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds in his first start for Utah, and the Jazz beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-99 in their home opener on Friday night to avoid their first 0-3 start in 32 years.

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Derrick Favors scored a career-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds in his first start for Utah, and the Jazz beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-99 in their home opener on Friday night to avoid their first 0-3 start in 32 years.

Paul Millsap added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who have beaten the 76ers seven straight times at home and in 21 of the last 23 meetings in Salt Lake City.

Favors started at center for Utah in place of Al Jefferson, who did not play because of an inflamed right ankle.

Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 22 points for the Sixers and reserve Lou Williams added 20 but missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Jazz trailed by as many as 13 points in the second quarter before rallying.

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