Andre Miller scored 23 points, Kyle Korver had 18 and the Sixers scored 16 points in a row during a 20-3 run to cap a perfect homestand (6-0) and win their seventh consecutive at home in front of their first sellout crowd of the season. The Sixers are making a late playoff push, one reason team president Billy King said before the game that coach Maurice Cheeks would return next season.
"I think under these circumstances he's done a good job," King said.
Bryant cooled in the second half after scoring 21 points in the first. He finished with 30 points after serving a one-game suspension for striking a player in the face, his second penalty for that action in a little more than a month.
Bryant visited his old high school earlier in the day, giving a pep talk to the varsity basketball team and catching up with some old teachers.
Of course, the sometimes-boorish Sixers fans booed Bryant almost every time he touched the ball. The unforgiving crowd has never forgotten when Bryant proclaimed he was "coming to Philly to cut their hearts out," in the 2001 NBA Finals.
Samuel Dalembert had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Sixers.