Portland matched the franchise record on Thursday, when they had 21 3s in a 134-104 rout over the Charlotte Bobcats. It was the first time a team has had at least 20 3-pointers in two games in a single season. The NBA record for 3-pointers in a single game is 23.
It appeared that this game could be similar 3-point clinic. The Blazers ranked atop the league with 349 3s this season and a 40.5 3-point percentage.
But Portland made just three of 22 3-point attempts.
"When I heard they hit like 21 the other night, you think of the law of averages. Sometimes the basketball god says 'Tonight's not your night from the 3-point line," said Turner.
The 76ers jumped out to an 18-4 lead midway through the first half on Thaddeus Young's dunk. Portland was sloppy, with five turnovers in the first seven minutes, and had trouble adjusting to Philadelphia's energetic tempo.
But the Blazers chipped away, pulling to within 39-32 on Mo Williams long jumper. He added a 3-pointer to narrow the gap to 47-45, before Wesley Matthews' fast-break layup tied it. Portland pulled in front on Aldridge's jumper but the Sixers led 52-50 at the half.
Portland led by nine points late in the third quarter, but the stubborn Sixers wouldn't let the Blazers go up by double digits. Wroten made a pair of free throws that got Philadelphia within 78-77 early in the final period.
NOTES: With his first six points, Aldridge became the fourth-leading scorer in Trail Blazers history, passing Jerome Kersey (10,067). ... Portland's Nicolas Batum has had at least seven rebounds and seven assists eight times this year, second only to LeBron James with 11. ... After the game the Blazers said Batum sustained an avulsion fracture of his left middle finger, meaning a fragment pulled away from the bone, but he is still listed as probable for Tuesday's game at Sacramento. ... Young has at least 25 points in six of his last seven games.