When you tie a Wachovia Center record for least first-half points (27), two things are likely. First, you're gonna get your ass reamed by the coach at halftime, and second, you may need to break some sort of positive record in the second half to win. By most accounts, Sixers coach Mo Cheeks isn't a screamer, though god knows he's had plenty of reason to be during his tenure here. But according to Comcast's SportsRise, being down 45-27 at the half to a weak Portland team was enough to set off Cheeks, and his players responded.
After missing 15 straight shots in the first half, the Sixers set a franchise record for shooting percentage in a half in the second. Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams lit it up, with all of Sweet Lou's 19 points coming after the break, coming back from a 25-point deficit to win, 92-88. The Sixers needed the W, and losing to a Portland team that hasn't won on the road yet this year would have been pretty pathetic. Like, last-night's-attendance bad (11,483).
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.