Young, Sixers hold off Blazers for 101-99 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 5, 2014 at 12:54 am •  Published: January 5, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Last month when the 76ers hosted the Trail Blazers, they were embarrassed by a barrage of 3-pointers. Since then Philadelphia has made some defensive adjustments.

It showed on Saturday night when the Sixers paid back the Blazers in Portland by beating them 101-99. It was Philadelphia's fourth straight win to conclude a six-game road trip.

"I give the guys so much credit for fixing the things that were so poor when we played them the last time," coach Brett Brown said.

Thaddeus Young matched his season high with 30 points and the 76ers (12-21) displayed vastly improved defense in holding off a furious late rally by the Blazers (26-7).

Evan Turner added 23 points and rookie star Michael Carter-Williams had 16, but fell hard on the court at the final buzzer when he was trying to keep Damian Lillard from scoring the game-tying basket.

Carter-Williams appeared to hit his head and stayed down for several moments while his teammates held off their celebration. When he finally rose, he held his hand to his head.

"He got hit in the head by Thaddeus," Brown said, adding that Carter-Williams was undergoing concussion tests and his condition was not immediately available.

Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 14 rebounds for his 20th double-double this season. Robin Lopez added 14 points and 15 rebounds in just the Blazers' fourth loss at home this season.

Portland led 76-69 going into the fourth quarter, but Young's layup tied it at 84 and Spencer Hawes added another to give the 76ers the lead.

Tony Wroten hit a pair of baskets to make it 90-84 for Philadelphia, but Wesley Matthews, Lillard and Lopez all made free throws to tie the game at 90 with 2:32 left.

Philadelphia held off the Blazers and Young's tip-in gave the Sixers a 96-94 lead. Spencer Hawes made a pair of free throws to give the 76ers a 99-95 lead with 19.3 seconds left.

But after Aldridge hit a layup and Turner made free throws, Lillard's layup closed Portland to 101-99 with 7.9 seconds left. A steal by Robin Lopez gave Portland back the ball but Lillard missed a layup at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime.

"I had a good look," Lillard said. "Off-balance or not, I've got to make that."