PHILADELPHIA — LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 33 points, 15 in the pivotal third quarter, as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the winless Philadelphia 76ers 114-104 on Monday night for their eighth straight victory.
Guards Wesley Matthews added 17 points and Damian Lillard scored 16 for the Blazers (11-3), whose winning streak is their longest since they reeled off 11 straight victories in November 2013.
Aldridge also had 11 rebounds for Portland, who enjoyed a 52-29 advantage on the glass.
Guard Michael Carter-Williams notched 24 points and center Henry Sims had 22, each a season high, to pace the Sixers (0-14). Guard Tony Wroten chipped in 20.
Philadelphia is one loss away from equaling the slowest start in franchise history, established by the 1972-73 team, which finished 9-73. That is the worst full-season mark in NBA history.
The league record for losses to start a season is 18, by the 2009-10 Nets, then based in New Jersey. That club went 12-70.
Aldridge, a veteran forward, shot 13-for-20 from the floor and made all five of his attempts in the third quarter, when the Blazers outscored the Sixers 39-28 to erase a 52-50 halftime deficit and assume an 89-80 lead. It was Portland’s highest-scoring third quarter of the season.
Aldridge’s layup with 8:10 left in the period, part of a 16-4 Portland flurry, put the Blazers ahead to stay, 63-62.
The Blazers stretched their lead to 16 in the fourth quarter before seeing the Sixers make a belated run. Wroten’s layup with 4:21 left cut the gap to 100-93, but Aldridge hit a free throw, then converted a three-point play.
After a basket by Sims, Matthews nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner, giving Portland a 107-95 lead with 2:48 remaining.
The Blazers started sluggishly but surged into a 24-18 lead late in the first quarter behind Aldridge’s eight points, only to see the Sixers fashion a 12-5 spree highlighted by Carter-Williams’ offensive rebound and dunk.
Philadelphia, up 30-29 at that point, also scored six of the half’s last eight points, the last of those on Carter-Williams’ two free throws with 6.6 seconds left, to claim a 52-50 lead at the break.
Aldridge scored 12 points in the half to top the Blazers, who countered 14 turnovers with a 24-15 rebounding advantage. Wroten paced the Sixers with eight points.
NOTES: Sixers coach Brett Brown said before the game there is “no announcement to be made” about F Furkan Aldemir, who, on his Facebook page, confirmed a Sportando report from earlier in the day saying he had left his Turkish team to come to the NBA. The Sixers hold the rights to the 6-9 Aldemir, having acquired him in a 2013 trade with Houston. The 23-year-old was a second-round pick of Chicago in 2012 and averaged 7.8 points and 6.2 rebounds while playing 21 minutes a game in six appearances in Turkey. … The Blazers began the night just 24th in the NBA in bench scoring (28.2 ppg), but two veterans, G Steve Blake and C Chris Kaman, have given “a lot of stability to the bench,” in the estimation of coach Terry Stotts. “I probably have five reserves in the game at once more often than I have in the previous two years,” Stotts said. “There’s a comfort level.” … The Sixers recalled F JaKarr Sampson from Delaware of the NBA Development League. Sampson, who played nine games for the Sixers earlier this season, averaged 15 points and five rebounds in two games with the Sevens.
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