Batum sends Blazers to 89-85 win over 76ers

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 30, 2012 at 12:49 am •  Published: December 30, 2012
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Portland led by as many as nine in the first half and was ahead 49-44 at halftime but came out flat in the third quarter, missing seven of its first 10 shots. Meanwhile, Holiday scored 13 points in the quarter to push the Sixers into the lead. He hit a 3-pointer and then a jumper to put Philadelphia up 57-56.

Batum picked up the slack for Portland. He made two free throws and two 3s to take the lead back for the Blazers, who went into the fourth quarter up 70-67. Portland then opened the fourth with a 7-0 run to take a 10-point advantage.

"We haven't been a team that's come back in the fourth quarter yet this year," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "I think we've won one game when we were behind after three quarters."

J.J. Hickson had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points.

NOTES: Portland has won four of the last five matchups between the teams, including 107-103 over Philadelphia in their lone meeting last season. ... Blazers rookie C Meyers Leonard had to be helped to the locker room with ankle injury. ... Philadelphia G Jason Richardson returned to action after missing two games with a strained back. He scored five points. ... Blazers G Wesley Matthews missed his fourth straight game with a strained hip.

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