January 4, 2014 | Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Posted: January 5, 2014
PORTLAND –– When the Sixers and Trail Blazers met on December 14 at Wells Fargo Center, Portland unleashed a historic offensive outpouring, hitting a franchise-record 21 three-pointers en route to a 139-105 victory.
Saturday night’s 101-99 win at Moda Center shows just how far the Sixers have come since then.
Philadelphia’s defense surrendered just 99 points, marking just the second time in 21 games that Portland failed to score in triple figures. They also allowed just three three-pointers, the Blazers’ lowest total this season.
“We made a couple adjustments, and our coaches have been working tirelessly behind the scenes trying to figure out (our three-point defense). On this trip, we finally got a hold on it,” center Spencer Hawes said after the win. “I think we’re a different team than we were last time we saw them. It’s a good barometer – going up against those kinds of teams (multiple times in a season)– and comparing and contrasting the performances.”
Thaddeus Young led the way for Philadelphia, finishing with 30 points (14/20 FG), six rebounds, and three steals. It was his sixth 25-point game in seven games.
Evan Turner added 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, Spencer Hawes finished with nine points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and four steals, and Michael Carter-Williams contributed 16 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.
The game was the last of a 10-day, five-game road trip in which the Sixers finished 4-1 Their next game is at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday at 7pm.