NBA Game Summary - Portland at Philadelphia
(Monday, January 10th)
Final Score: Portland 109, Philadelphia 100
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The long-distance shooting of Nick Van Exel and Damon Stoudamire was blazing hot, as the Portland guards combined for 50 points in a 109-100 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center.
Van Exel had a season-high 28 points on 8-of-13 shooting from three-point distance, while Stoudamire hit 5-of-10 from behind the arc en route to 22 points as the Blazers snapped a season-long four-game losing streak.
Also netting double figures for the Blazers, who have won just two of their last eight games, were Zach Randolph, who scored 18 points, and Ruben Patterson, who added 13. Derek Anderson and Joel Przybilla, who collected eight rebounds, contributed 10 points apiece.
Portland finished the game shooting 48 percent from the field, including 14- of-26 from three-point distance.
"(Damon) Stoudamire and (Nick) Van Exel were absolutely terrific tonight," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "Their team beat our team every way. A disappointing loss for our guys.
"We did not defend at a level that I would like to see us defend at - let's just leave it at that."
Leading the Sixers, who have lost two in a row, was Allen Iverson, who finished one rebound and one assist short of a triple double despite sitting most of the fourth quarter. Iverson netted 21 points, snatched nine rebounds and dished out nine assists in the loss.
Also scoring double figures for Philadelphia were Andre Iguodala with 22 points and Kenny Thomas with 16.
After the Sixers took their first lead of the game when Iverson fed Iguodala for a vicious reverse dunk with 8:30 remaining in the first quarter, the Blazers answered with a 7-0 spurt behind two made free throws by Patterson, a jumper by Randolph and a three-pointer by Stoudamire for a 14-8 advantage. The Sixers responded with a 9-2 run, with Iverson netting six points, but Portland answered as Stoudamire hit two more three-pointers to give the Blazers a 29-28 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started with Portland on a 12-2 run, with Anderson netting three free throws and converting a steal into a layup as the Blazers led 41-30. The Blazers stayed hot and outscored Philadelphia 19-6 in the first 5:30 of the quarter to stretch its lead to as many as 14. After the Sixers cut the deficit to four behind five points from Kyle Korver and a pair of buckets from Iguodala, the Blazers went on a 7-0 run and entered halftime ahead 62-51.
Portland shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, hitting 21-of-42 field goal attempts.
"Honestly, they were getting the ball inside, and then putting pressure on us inside, and then kicking the ball back out," Iverson said. "Guys were knocking down threes. They shot the ball well. Damon (Stoudamire) started shooting the ball well from the beginning of the game, and it just continued for the rest of the game. Nick (Van Exel) shot the ball great.
"That's how you get three point shots. You throw them in, and then guys double, and get that attention, and you throw it back out. Guys get wide open looks."
After intermission, it was all Portland as the Blazers extended their lead to 76-61 with five minutes remaining in the quarter. A deep two-pointer from Stoudamire, a three-point play by Przybilla, two free throws from Patterson and a Van Exel three-pointer gave Portland a 25-point lead, 86-61. The Blazers closed out the third quarter with a 93-72 advantage.
Philadelphia tried to rally in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Blazers 28-16 in the final frame, but could not overcome the 21-point deficit. The Sixers fell to Portland for the second time in the teams' last six meetings.
With the win Portland is 1-1 during its current six-game road trip...This was the second and final meeting of the season between the teams, who split the season series. Philadelphia won 111-104 in Portland on December 27th...The Blazers have won five of six and eight of their last 12 at Philadelphia...Portland is 7-12 on the road this season...The Blazers are also scheduled to play the Washington Wizards, New Orleans Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings on the current trip...Iverson entered the game as the NBA's leading scorer, averaging 28.9 points per game...Philadelphia is just 7-7 as a host this season.
01/10 22:41:26 ET