PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Hollis Thompson scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 105-98 victory over the slumping Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.

Denver Nuggets' Jusuf Nurkic (23), of Bosnia and Herzegovina, goes up for a shot past Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and Robert Covington added 17 points for the improving 76ers, who won their third straight home game for the first time since March 2013.

Danilo Gallinari scored 22 points to pace the Nuggets, who dropped their 10th in 11 games. Denver has lost its last three games by an average of 21.7 points.

The 76ers were the laughingstock of the league while starting the season with 17 straight losses. But they have begun to click.

Philadelphia has won three of five, with the two losses in competitive games on the road against Eastern Conference contenders Atlanta and Cleveland.

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