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Napier's season-high 23 rally Blazers past 76ers, 114-110

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Shabazz Napier was struggling so much against the Philadelphia 76ers that Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts sat him early in the third quarter.

Good thing for Portland that Napier returned in time for the fourth.

Napier, who started for injured guard Damian Lillard, scored 15 of his season-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Trail Blazers rallied for 114-110 victory Thursday night.

''The good thing about basketball is they say you've got the next game, but you always have two halves,'' Napier said. ''I felt like I was kind of lethargic out there in the first half and I felt like basically it can't get any worse, so I just went out there and tried to be positive.''

CJ McCollum led all scorers with 34 for the Blazers, who snapped a six-game losing streak at home. Portland had a season-high 42 points in the fourth quarter.

The Sixers, who led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, have lost 10 of their last 12 games.

Joel Embiid finished with 29 points and nine rebounds, while Dario Saric had 25 points and nine rebounds. The 76ers were hurt when Robert Covington went out in the third quarter with an injured finger on his left hand.

''It's a disappointing loss. We had an opportunity without Damian being here. I give them credit. They did not roll over,'' 76ers coach Brett Brown said. ''We gave up 18 points when Covington went out. We really missed him, but we give them credit.''

JJ Redick and Embiid made consecutive 3-pointers to narrow the gap to 103-99 with 2:06 left. Jusuf Nurkic had a pair of free throws before McCollum's pull-up jumper and it appeared the game was out of reach, but Embiid made another 3 that got the Sixers within 109-105 with 16 seconds left.

McCollum made free throws with 3.4 seconds to go before Embiid added another 3-pointer to make it 111-108, but the Sixers weren't able to catch up.

Nurkic finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Portland won its fourth straight against the Sixers at the Moda Center. Napier scored 22 points after halftime.

Lillard missed his third game with a strained right hamstring. Portland's top scorer, averaging 25.2 points per game, was injured in a 102-85 loss to San Antonio on Dec. 20.

Lillard warmed up a couple of hours before the game and didn't appear hampered by the injury.

On the other side, Embiid was questionable for the game with back tightness, but played. The 76ers were coming off a 105-98 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Christmas that snapped a five-game losing streak.

Nurkic made a layup with nine seconds left to give Portland a 52-51 lead at halftime. But he was furious in the third quarter when officials did not stop the game when he had a bloody nose. He collected his fourth foul before heading for the locker room.

Nurkic knocked heads with Redick, who appeared to have a cut lip.

Nurkic said he was angry.

''The more I get mad I play better,'' he said. ''I'm not saying every game `Hit me in the nose' but I just need to play with the same energy every game like this.''

The Sixers stretched the lead to 75-59 with five minutes left in the quarter, outscoring Portland 24-7. But Ed Davis capped a 10-1 Portland run with a dunk to pull the Blazers to 79-70.

Napier had a personal 7-0 run to close the gap to 88-81. Jerryd Bayless made a 3-pointer on the other end - but it was later ruled no good because of a shot clock violation.

Napier made two of three free throws and Nurkic added two more, before Napier's layup got the Blazers within 88-87.

TIP INS

76ers: The Sixers beat the Blazers 101-81 in Philadelphia on Nov. 22. Embiid had 28 points and 12 rebounds in that one. ... Embiid had six 3-pointers.

Trail Blazers: Portland is just 7-10 at home this season, but 10-6 on the road. Asked before the game if he'd ever been on a team with that kind of record disparity at home, coach Terry Stotts said simply ''No.''

QUOTABLE: ''We just need to be accountable. We need to hold each other accountable for everything. I think that's what it comes down to. Making sure we stay on top of each other and make sure we're getting better. Just talking to each other.'' - Sixers guard Ben Simmons.

UP NEXT

76ers: Visit Denver on Saturday.

Trail Blazers: Visit Atlanta on Saturday to kick off a three-game road trip.

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Key Players
J. Embiid
21 C
C. McCollum
3 SG
36.6 Min. Per Game 36.6
20.7 Pts. Per Game 20.7
2.9 Ast. Per Game 2.9
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
48.3 Field Goal % 44.3
48.6 Three Point % 44.2
80.2 Free Throw % 88.9
+ 2 JJ Redick made driving layup, assist by Ben Simmons 0:00
+ 1 Pat Connaughton made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Pat Connaughton made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Ben Simmons 0:05
+ 1 CJ McCollum made free throw 0:09
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:09
+ 3 Joel Embiid made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dario Saric 0:09
+ 1 CJ McCollum made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:14
+ 1 CJ McCollum made 1st of 2 free throws 0:13
  Personal foul on JJ Redick 0:13
  Bad pass turnover on Ben Simmons, stolen by CJ McCollum 0:14
Team Stats
Points 110 114
Field Goals 42-87 (48.3%) 35-75 (46.7%)
3-Pointers 16-32 (50.0%) 8-24 (33.3%)
Free Throws 10-14 (71.4%) 36-47 (76.6%)
Total Rebounds 40 60
Offensive 5 8
Defensive 32 39
Team 3 13
Assists 28 15
Steals 8 7
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 13 15
Fouls 27 18
Technicals 1 0
29 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
34 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo 76ers 15-19 30213425110
home team logo Trail Blazers 18-16 27252042114
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 15-19 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
home team logo Trail Blazers 18-16 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
J. Embiid C 22.9 PPG 11.0 RPG 3.2 APG 48.3 FG%
C. McCollum SG 21.4 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 44.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Embiid C 29 PTS 9 REB 3 AST
C. McCollum SG 34 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
48.3 FG% 46.7
50.0 3PT FG% 33.3
71.4 FT% 76.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 34 29 9 3 0 1 4 4 9/21 6/12 5/8 1 8 41 0
D. Saric 33 25 9 4 2 0 3 2 10/12 5/6 0/0 2 7 41 +3
J. Redick 32 19 1 2 0 0 0 3 7/18 4/9 1/1 0 1 24 +3
B. Simmons 33 17 4 8 1 0 3 4 7/17 0/0 3/3 1 3 35 +5
R. Covington 24 4 2 5 0 0 0 3 1/2 1/1 1/2 0 2 16 +18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 34 29 9 3 0 1 4 4 9/21 6/12 5/8 1 8 41 0
D. Saric 33 25 9 4 2 0 3 2 10/12 5/6 0/0 2 7 41 +3
J. Redick 32 19 1 2 0 0 0 3 7/18 4/9 1/1 0 1 24 +3
B. Simmons 33 17 4 8 1 0 3 4 7/17 0/0 3/3 1 3 35 +5
R. Covington 24 4 2 5 0 0 0 3 1/2 1/1 1/2 0 2 16 +18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. McConnell 33 10 3 6 4 0 2 4 5/9 0/3 0/0 0 3 27 -18
A. Johnson 13 4 1 0 0 1 0 4 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 1 6 -4
T. Booker 14 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 6 8 -7
J. Bayless 19 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 2 -20
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 110 37 28 8 2 13 27 42/87 16/32 10/14 5 32 200 -20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 37 34 7 4 1 0 3 0 9/20 2/5 14/14 1 6 47 -5
S. Napier 34 23 3 3 3 0 5 1 7/14 2/6 7/9 0 3 30 +8
J. Nurkic 28 21 12 1 1 1 1 5 5/13 0/1 11/16 5 7 36 +10
E. Turner 21 8 2 1 0 0 2 2 3/7 1/2 1/2 0 2 10 -17
A. Aminu 30 0 10 0 1 0 2 1 0/4 0/3 0/2 1 9 9 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 37 34 7 4 1 0 3 0 9/20 2/5 14/14 1 6 47 -5
S. Napier 34 23 3 3 3 0 5 1 7/14 2/6 7/9 0 3 30 +8
J. Nurkic 28 21 12 1 1 1 1 5 5/13 0/1 11/16 5 7 36 +10
E. Turner 21 8 2 1 0 0 2 2 3/7 1/2 1/2 0 2 10 -17
A. Aminu 30 0 10 0 1 0 2 1 0/4 0/3 0/2 1 9 9 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Davis 16 10 2 0 0 1 0 4 5/5 0/0 0/0 0 2 13 +1
P. Connaughton 25 9 4 2 0 0 0 1 3/5 1/3 2/2 0 4 17 +10
M. Harkless 25 8 2 2 1 1 0 3 3/5 2/4 0/0 0 2 16 +16
Z. Collins 17 1 4 2 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 0 4 8 +1
M. Leonard 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0 0 -7
D. Lillard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vonleh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 114 47 15 7 3 15 18 35/75 8/24 36/47 8 39 186 +20