Orton and Leonard ejected after scuffle
The Sixers allowed a season-high 139 points Saturday night and allowed the Trail Blazers to make the third-most three-pointers in a game in NBA history. (USA Today Images)
The Trail Blazers brought the NBA’s best record (19-4) to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. As the second-highest scoring team in the league and the second-best three-point shooting team, fans were sure to see a high-octane show from the Blazers, because the Sixers surely weren't going to slow their pace.
The two teams did not disappoint on that front.
The Sixers lost, 139-105. The 139 points are a season high surrendered. Eight Trail Blazers scored in double-figures, and Portland shot 56 percent from the field (see observations).
Things took a turn for the worst with 7:19 to play, when Meyers Leonard tackled Daniel Orton to the floor. Orton’s response was an elbow to Leonard’s face. Leonard got a Flagrant 2 foul, Orton got a technical and both were ejected (see video). The Blazers were ahead, 127-92, at the time of the incident.
Michael Carter-Williams missed his sixth straight game because of right knee soreness. Brett Brown said pregame that MCW is getting close to returning to the practice court. His return to games will follow appropriately after he is back practicing.
There were 17 lead changes and 15 ties in the first half, when the two teams combined for 135 points. But in the final two minutes, the Blazers went on a 9-2 run to lead by seven at the break.
The Sixers got no closer than five points in the second half.
Follow the leader
LaMarcus Aldridge recorded his 13th double-double of the season with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Nicolas Batum added 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds. And the reigning Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard, had 16 points and six assists.
Tony Wroten scored 17 points, but he was just 5 for 15 from the field. He also had seven assists and six rebounds. Spencer Hawes scored 16 in 26 minutes and Thaddeus Young had 15 points on 7 for 9 shooting.
The Trail Blazers came into Saturday as one of only three teams in the NBA shooting better then 40 percent from beyond the arc. Against the Sixers, they went above and beyond, making a franchise-high 21 three-pointers on 37 attempts. The 21 made fell two shy of tying the NBA's all-time record.
Take a bow
Former Sixer Dorell Wright played a significant role in the Blazers' new franchise record from downtown. Wright made five threes on five attempts in 11 minutes of work.
The Sixers will play the Nets at the Barclays Center on Monday night. Jason Kidd’s all-star roster has been through injuries that contributed to their 3-10 start. Player injuries have accounted for 56 missed games to date.
Over their last 10 games, the Nets are 5-5. Brook Lopez leads them in scoring with 20.5 points, but he did not dress in their last game because of a sprained ankle. Kevin Garnett is averaging just 6.0 points and 7.5 rebounds while playing 22 minutes per game.