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Jusuf Nurkic scores 24, Blazers beat Sixers 130-115

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter took advantage of Joel Embiid's absence.

Nurkic scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Kanter had 16 and eight, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 130-115 on Saturday.

''It was an early game. Whoever wakes up first wins,'' Nurkic joked of the 1 p.m. start.

The Sixers struggled in their second game without Embiid, the All-Star center who is expected to miss at least a week with a sore left knee. Ben Simmons had 29 points and 10 assists and Tobias Harris scored 20.

''They're not the same team without Embiid, obviously, he's a big part of what they do,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ''I thought we really played well defensively.''

The Blazers had a 53-33 rebounding edge, including 19 offensive boards. Damian Lillard had 17 points as seven players reached double figures.

''We just didn't rebound well enough against a team like this,'' Simmons said. ''It's a group effort rebounding. I think just all of us combined, I don't think we did enough.''

Without Embiid, the Sixers couldn't keep up in a matchup between the fourth-place teams in each conference. The Blazers (36-23) have won three in a row, including a 22-point victory over Golden State before the All-Star break. Philadelphia (38-22) is 4-4 this month.

''Obviously, once you have Joel out here you slow the game down a little bit and feed him the ball, you let him do his thing,'' Simmons said. ''But it's obviously different playing without him and trying to find a flow and to not really get that.''

Portland opened the second half on a 17-6 run to build a 76-62 lead. Maurice Harkless had consecutive dunks and CJ McCollum also had a dunk in that stretch. Jake Layman's dunk off an alley-oop pass from Lillard extended the lead to 99-80, and the Blazers were up 100-82 going into the fourth.

The Sixers never challenged in the final quarter, scoring more than two straight points only once after they were already down 21.

Portland, which won at Brooklyn on Thursday night, has five more road games before returning home to play the Thunder on March 7.

''It's a long road trip,'' Kanter said. ''We are 2-0, but I think now we just learn from it and move forward. We know we can score the ball. For us to get to the next level, we have to do it on the defensive end.''

The game was back and forth in the first half until the Blazers outscored Philadelphia 16-7 over the last four minutes of the second quarter to take a 59-56 halftime lead. Nurkic had 10 of the 16.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Improved to 12-15 on the road. ... Kanter played in his second game with his team after being waived by the Knicks. ... G Evan Turner sat out because of left knee soreness. Turner was the No. 2 overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2010 NBA draft. ... Al-Farouq Aminu and McCollum each had 15 points.

76ers: Fell to 24-8 at home. ... Veteran Amir Johnson played four minutes and scored two points, one day after volunteering to play for the Delaware Blue Coats of the G League because he hadn't appeared in a game since Jan. 26. ... JJ Redick shot 1 of 10. ... Jimmy Butler had 15 points.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Visit Cleveland on Monday night.

76ers: Visit New Orleans on Monday night.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 PG
B. Simmons
25 PG
33.9 Min. Per Game 33.9
16.8 Pts. Per Game 16.8
7.8 Ast. Per Game 7.8
9.0 Reb. Per Game 9.0
44.6 Field Goal % 57.0
44.5 Three Point % 56.8
90.8 Free Throw % 59.0
+ 2 Mike Scott made layup 0:03
  Offensive rebound by Mike Scott 0:03
  Offensive rebound by Mike Scott 0:02
  Offensive rebound by Mike Scott 0:02
  T.J. McConnell missed reverse layup, blocked by Skal Labissiere 0:05
+ 3 Seth Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 0:24
  POR team rebound 0:43
+ 2 Zach Collins made hook shot 0:52
+ 3 Mike Scott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by T.J. McConnell 1:14
+ 1 Seth Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:28
  Shooting foul on Jonathon Simmons 1:28
Team Stats
Points 130 115
Field Goals 49-99 (49.5%) 42-87 (48.3%)
3-Pointers 5-23 (21.7%) 9-24 (37.5%)
Free Throws 27-29 (93.1%) 22-28 (78.6%)
Total Rebounds 61 42
Offensive 19 7
Defensive 34 26
Team 8 9
Assists 29 28
Steals 8 5
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 11 11
Fouls 23 23
Technicals 2 2
24 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
29 PTS, 7 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 36-23 27324130130
home team logo 76ers 38-22 25312633115
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 36-23 109.7 PPG 45.2 RPG 19.8 APG
home team logo 76ers 38-22 108.7 PPG 48.5 RPG 24.4 APG
Key Players
J. Nurkic C 15.6 PPG 10.4 RPG 3.2 APG 50.8 FG%
B. Simmons PG 16.9 PPG 8.8 RPG 7.7 APG 56.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Nurkic C 24 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
B. Simmons PG 29 PTS 7 REB 10 AST
49.5 FG% 48.3
21.7 3PT FG% 37.5
93.1 FT% 78.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Nurkic 24 10 4 9/13 0/0 6/7 3 23 0 0 0 3 7 +24 42
D. Lillard 17 6 8 5/10 1/5 6/6 1 29 1 0 1 1 5 +24 39
A. Aminu 15 6 2 5/9 0/2 5/5 1 26 1 0 1 1 5 +23 25
C. McCollum 15 5 4 6/17 1/5 2/2 2 33 2 0 2 2 3 +20 28
M. Harkless 13 5 2 6/9 1/1 0/0 4 22 3 2 1 2 3 +22 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Nurkic 24 10 4 9/13 0/0 6/7 3 23 0 0 0 3 7 +24 42
D. Lillard 17 6 8 5/10 1/5 6/6 1 29 1 0 1 1 5 +24 39
A. Aminu 15 6 2 5/9 0/2 5/5 1 26 1 0 1 1 5 +23 25
C. McCollum 15 5 4 6/17 1/5 2/2 2 33 2 0 2 2 3 +20 28
M. Harkless 13 5 2 6/9 1/1 0/0 4 22 3 2 1 2 3 +22 26
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Kanter 16 8 4 6/14 0/0 4/5 4 20 0 0 2 3 5 -4 30
S. Curry 11 1 2 4/7 1/3 2/2 1 22 0 1 1 1 0 -10 16
J. Layman 8 11 0 3/8 0/2 2/2 4 27 0 2 2 6 5 -6 19
R. Hood 7 1 2 3/8 1/3 0/0 2 22 1 0 0 0 1 -1 13
Z. Collins 4 0 1 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 -5 6
S. Labissiere 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 -7 0
G. Trent Jr. 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 -5 0
E. Turner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Simons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 130 53 29 49/99 5/23 27/29 23 233 8 6 11 19 34 +75 244
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Simmons 29 7 10 11/17 0/0 7/8 3 36 0 0 4 1 6 -20 52
T. Harris 20 8 0 8/14 3/7 1/1 3 35 1 1 2 0 8 -23 28
J. Butler 15 2 2 5/9 0/2 5/5 1 30 0 2 0 0 2 -13 23
J. Redick 7 2 2 1/10 1/5 4/4 1 30 1 0 0 0 2 -13 14
B. Marjanovic 4 5 2 2/5 0/0 0/2 2 19 1 0 1 1 4 -7 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Simmons 29 7 10 11/17 0/0 7/8 3 36 0 0 4 1 6 -20 52
T. Harris 20 8 0 8/14 3/7 1/1 3 35 1 1 2 0 8 -23 28
J. Butler 15 2 2 5/9 0/2 5/5 1 30 0 2 0 0 2 -13 23
J. Redick 7 2 2 1/10 1/5 4/4 1 30 1 0 0 0 2 -13 14
B. Marjanovic 4 5 2 2/5 0/0 0/2 2 19 1 0 1 1 4 -7 13
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Scott 15 4 2 5/8 3/4 2/4 3 29 0 0 0 2 2 +5 23
J. Simmons 8 1 3 3/7 1/2 1/2 4 17 1 0 2 1 0 -2 14
J. Bolden 7 2 1 3/4 1/2 0/0 1 11 0 2 1 1 1 +4 12
T. McConnell 6 2 6 3/9 0/0 0/0 2 18 1 0 0 1 1 +5 21
J. Ennis III 2 0 0 0/2 0/1 2/2 1 7 0 0 1 0 0 -1 1
A. Johnson 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 -10 2
J. Embiid - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Milton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Highsmith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 115 33 28 42/87 9/24 22/28 23 235 5 5 11 7 26 -75 203