The Sixers were able to lock down on defense in the final seconds Monday night against Portland to claim a 101-100 win over the Trail Blazers.
The Sixers finished their homestand with a 3-1 record and improved their record to 26-40.
They will now head West on a four-game swing.
The Trail Blazers made six of their 12 threes on the night in the fourth quarter, allowing them to close within one point with 7.1 seconds remaining.
After a Sixers’ turnover, Portland went to LaMarcus Aldridge for the final shot. Spencer Hawes held his ground with a hand in Aldridge’s face and forced a missed shot.
Follow the leader
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 27 points to go with his seven rebounds and five assists. Hawes had his 13th double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Thaddeus Young added 19 points.
Aldridge scored 16 of his game-high 32 points in the first quarter when he was 7 for 9 from the floor. He also pulled down 14 rebounds.
Rookie sensation Damian Lillard added another 24 points. Lillard and Aldridge were the only Trail Blazers to score in double figures.
The Sixers continued to share the ball. They had 31 assists to bring their total during the four-game homestand to 119.
Take a bow
Dorell Wright was in the lineup along with Damien Wilkins to close out this game. Both players have been a shot in the arm for the Sixers on this homestand.
Wright finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.
Wilkins was 6 for 8 from the floor for 12 points. He also had six assists.
The Sixers now head into “Lob City,” as they face off against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. The Clippers handed the Sixers a 107-90 defeat back on Feb. 11.
The Clippers are currently the third seed out West with a 46-21 record. Blake Griffin leads them in scoring with 18.6 points per game. Chris Paul averages 16.6 points and 9.6 assists a night.
The Clippers score the eighth-most points in the league at 100.8 per game. They also allow the fourth-fewest points per game at 94.2.