Behind a barrage of three-pointers, the Portland Trail Blazers laid waste to the Philadelphia 76ers, winning by a score of 139-105.
After entering the break down just seven, the Sixers returned from halftime and came out ice cold on both ends, leaving fans to speculate whether they spent the intermission in the snowy parking lot at the Wells Fargo Center. Portland took advantage of shoddy rotations by the Sixers defense en route to setting a franchise and building record with 21 threes.
Evan Turner was at the center of the Sixers defensive ineptitude, failing to rotate time and time again, and he doubled down on his poor play on the offensive end. Turner was a ghastly one for seven from the field in just under 22 minutes of play. He’s had a rough go at it as of late—shooting just 36.8 percent and managing just 1.4 free-throw attempts over his last five games. Let’s hope this is just a hiccup, but the inconsistency issues Turner has flashed throughout the years don’t appear to be going away.
The Sixers came into the game justifiably afraid of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, but a beatdown of this magnitude comes from a full team effort. Chipping in was former Sixer Dorell Wright, who dropped 15 points on five for five shooting from downtown. Think he was juiced up to play against some of last year’s teammates?
On the ugly side of the ledger was a tussle between Daniel Orton and Meyers Leonard in the latter stages of the fourth quarter. Leonard slammed Orton to the wood as Orton tried to establish post position, and the Sixers big man did not take kindly to it. A vicious elbow to the jaw later, Orton and Leonard were both ejected. Suspensions could be on the horizon for both.
One encouraging sign: Tony Wroten led the way for the Sixers with 18 points, shooting 50 percent from downtown. This was the second straight game that Wroten shot the ball well from deep, a silver lining in an otherwise dreadful loss.
The Sixers will travel to Brooklyn on Monday to face the Nets, where they’ll hope to stop the bleeding.
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