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Philadelphia at Portland

Matthews scores 28, Blazers top short-handed 76ers

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wesley Matthews got Portland off to a fast start, and Gerald Wallace took care of everything else.

Matthews scored 17 of his 28 points in the first quarter, Wallace had a terrific all-around game and the Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 110-101 on Saturday night.

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"We came out tonight and played great," said LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 18 points. "Wesley got going early. Gerald came through late and closed it out for us."

It was Wallace's best performance since he was acquired from Charlotte at the trade deadline in February. The 6-foot-7 forward had 25 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals as Portland won for the seventh time in nine games.

Lou Williams scored 24 for the Sixers, part of a 59-point night for Philadelphia's reserves. Thaddeus Young had 19 points and Jodie Meeks added 17.

The Sixers (36-34) played without Andre Igoudala, who has been bothered by knee tendinitis. Leading scorer Elton Brand was held to 10 points.

"That team played as well against us as any team has played in a long time," Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said. "I talked to [Blazers coach] Nate [McMillan] after the game -- the addition of Gerald Wallace, he's playing like he did when he was an All-Star at Charlotte."

The Blazers led the whole way. Philadelphia was as close as 92-89 with 9:11 remaining after Brand hit three consecutive shots, but Portland responded with a 9-0 run.

Philadelphia was coming off a 102-80 victory at Sacramento on Friday night and wrapping up a five-game road trip. But the 76ers showed little fatigue, shooting 50 percent from the field and playing aggressive in transition. Still, they couldn't capitalize on runs, and had costly fouls and turnovers at key moments.

"Some games you kind of beat yourself," Brand said. "We felt like we made too many mistakes, but they played great. They beat us and they played great. Gerald Wallace was everywhere against us and running the floor and it hurt us."

Wallace showed why he was nicknamed "Crash" in Charlotte, coming up with big plays on both ends of the floor and frustrating the much bigger Brand inside.

"He made big plays down the stretch," McMillan said about Wallace. "A few loose balls, a couple of 3s -- just in the right place at the right time."

The Blazers, who beat Cleveland 111-70 on Thursday night, led 62-54 at halftime. Matthews had 20 points at the break after hitting six 3-pointers and seven of his eight shots.

Wallace converted a three-point play to increase Portland's lead to 83-73, but Philadelphia closed the third with a 10-4 surge. Williams capped the spurt with a 3-pointer.

The Blazers improved to a half-game behind Denver for fifth place in the Western Conference playoff race. However, Portland does not have an easy schedule down the stretch, with 10 of its final 13 games against teams with winning records. Seven of those games are against the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio, Dallas and Oklahoma City, the top four teams in the West.

The Blazers will play at the Lakers on Sunday.

"We know it's going to be a tough one," McMillan said. "We haven't beaten them this year -- we had an opportunity right after the break -- and they're defending champions so we know it's going to be a tough challenge."

Notes

  • The Blazers made 25 of 29 free throws, hitting their first 16 through three quarters.
  • The Sixers had beaten Portland in seven of their previous 10 meetings at the Rose Garden.
  • Philadelphia leads the NBA in bench scoring with a 39.8 average.
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Wesley Matthews throws on his three-point goggles after an early jumper kicks off his 28-point night.  (AP)
Wesley Matthews throws on his three-point goggles after an early jumper kicks off his 28-point night. (AP)
Scoreboard
Philadelphia (36-34)27272918101
Portland (40-29) «36262523110
PHI:L. Williams 24 Pts
PHI:E. Brand 9 Reb
PHI:J. Holiday 10 Ast
POR:W. Matthews 28 Pts
POR:L. Aldridge 7 Reb
POR:G. Wallace 8 Ast
Players of the Game
PhiladelphiaPortland

Lou Williams

Gerald Wallace
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Philadelphia
J. Meeks, SG387-90-013417
J. Holiday, PG373-110-021027
E. Brand, PF354-112-293410
S. Hawes, C201-60-07102
E. Turner, SG173-60-03146
L. Williams, SG317-178-914124
T. Young, SF279-110-062319
A. Nocioni, SF224-61-221110
T. Battie, PF132-32-26036
D. Songaila, PFDid Not Play
J. Kapono, SGDid Not Play
A. Iguodala, SGDid Not Play
M. Speights, PFDid Not Play
C. Brackins, PFDid Not Play
Totals 40-8013-15372522101
 50.0%86.7% 
Portland
G. Wallace, SF418-127-868125
L. Aldridge, PF418-132-375018
A. Miller, PG384-91-26709
W. Matthews, SG389-154-460228
N. Batum, SF295-104-422216
B. Roy, SG171-44-44206
R. Fernandez, SG161-32-20325
M. Camby, C150-31-25221
P. Mills, PG61-30-00022
J. Collins, CDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
L. Babbitt, SFDid Not Play
E. Williams, SGDid Not Play
A. Johnson, PGDid Not Play
C. Johnson, CDid Not Play
Totals 37-7225-29362911110
 51.4%86.2% 
Other Games
Cle 92 Final
LAC 100
Den 98 Final
Mia 103
Bos 89 Final
NO 85
Ind 78 Final
Mem 99
Char 98 Final
SA 109