The Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to eight games after beating the winless 76ers 114-104 in Philadelphia on Monday night.
The Blazers (11-3) got off to a slow start in the first half. Going into halftime they trailed 52-50 to a 76ers’ team that is still looking for their first win of the season. Despite their sloppy first half, the Blazers outscored their opponent 64-52 in the second half to ultimately give them their eighth straight victory.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 33 points and 11 rebounds, giving him his fifth double-double of the season. Wesley Matthews added 17 points and Damian Lillard totaled 16. As a team, the Blazers shot 49.4 percent from the field and turned the ball over 15 times.
Michael Carter Williams led the 76ers (0-14) in scoring with 24 points. Henry Sims scored 22, and Tony Wroten added 20. Philadelphia shot 50 percent from the field, but were 0-8 from beyond the three-point arc. This marked the first time in 209 games that they failed to hit a three-pointer.
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The Blazers sit atop the Northwest division ahead of the Denver Nuggets by 4.5 games. They trail the Memphis Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors in the win column by one game.
Portland will look to continue their winning streak Wednesday when they travel to Charlotte to face a struggling Bobcats team that has four wins on the season. On Friday, they host the Grizzlies for a first-place showdown that could have a playoff-like atmosphere.
Source: Yahoo Sports / Photo Credit: Associated Press