NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Portland
(Monday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 114, Portland 108 (OT)
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Andre Miller scored 27 points and put the Sixers ahead for good in overtime as Philadelphia finished its five-game road trip on a winning note with a 114-108 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Miller also had 10 rebounds, while Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young both scored 25 for the 76ers, who won for the sixth time in eight games. Reggie Evans finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for the Sixers, who are in the sixth slot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
"Our goal was to win three of these games out here, and play at a high level," said Iguodala. "I think we only had one let down, where we didn't play our best ball and that was at Golden State...the one thing we can't do is get relaxed, tonight was a good game, we played great in the first half, the second half, they got right back in it and made it a game and we were able to tough it out."
The Sixers were assisted by going 35-of-39 at the foul line.
LaMarcus Aldridge totaled 24 points and 12 rebounds for Portland, which is now tied with Utah for sixth in the Western Conference. Steve Blake scored 22, while Rudy Fernandez chipped in 19 points.
"Tonight, for the most part, we played the perimeter instead of going to the basket and it cost us," said Blazers coach Nate McMillan. "One of the keys of the game every night is to win the battle of the free throws. They took 39 and we took 17 which means they were aggressive in taking the ball to the basket and we weren't."
Greg Oden jammed off a feed from Blake with 30.2 seconds left in regulation, providing Portland with a 98-96 edge, but Iguodala sank a pair from the line 10 seconds later.
Brandon Roy had a chance to give Portland the win at the end of regulation, but his fadeaway shot under heavy pressure never hit the rim.
A three-pointer by Fernandez gave Portland a 103-102 lead with a little over two minutes left in OT, but Miller followed his own miss to put Philadelphia in front.
Samuel Dalembert came up with a block of a Roy shot at the other end, leading to an Iguodala jam and a three-point cushion. Willie Green then knocked the ball away from Roy, leading the Sixers on a fast break. Miller missed a layup, but Young was there for the tip-in with 38.1 seconds remaining.
Roy missed a three-pointer, essentially sealing Philadelphia's victory.
"In the NBA, it's tough to win on the road," said Sixers coach Tony DiLeo. "In the past, we've done pretty good on back-to-backs and we've done pretty good on road games, but to come in here, this was a big win for us. To end the trip up...I think when everyone was probably saying on this trip which games we would win or lose, I don't think they expected us to beat the Lakers or Portland."
The Sixers held a 31-26 edge after the first quarter and stretched that margin to 58-44 at the half, but Portland netted the opening 12 points of the third. Philadelphia was in front 75-72 moving to the fourth.
The Sixers won the other meeting this season, 100-79, on January 14...This is the first time Philadelphia has swept the season series since 2002-03...Portland fell to 28-7 at home...The Sixers will host Minnesota on Wednesday, while the Blazers next play Thursday at home against Phoenix...Oden had 13 points and eight boards for the Blazers, while Roy finished with 12 points...Portland was 10-of-34 from three-point range compared to 3-of-5 for the Sixers...Philadelphia shot 51.4 percent from the field, compared to 40.6 for Portland.
03/24 02:29:43 ET