Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Wednesday, January 14th
Trail Blazers79Final
Game 2: Monday, March 23rd
Trail Blazers108

76ers 114

(36-33, 16-19 away)

Trail Blazers 108

(44-27, 28-7 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    10:00 PM ET, March 23, 2009

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    PHI 31 27 17 23 16114
    POR 26 18 28 26 10108

    Top Performers

    Phi: A. Miller 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Por: L. Aldridge 24 Pts, 12 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk

    Miller scores 27 as 76ers rally past Blazers in OT

    Associated Press

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Philadelphia needed a little extra time to finish up an impressive West Coast road trip.

    Andre Miller had 27 points and 10 rebounds and scored the go-ahead basket with 1:56 remaining in overtime as Philadelphia rallied for a 114-108 win over Portland on Monday night.

    Fast Facts

    • The Sixers swept Portland in the season series (2-0) for only the third time in the last 22 seasons (1994-95, 2002-03).

    • The Blazers' second loss in their last 15 at home dropped them to seventh in the Western Conference.

    • Andre Miller had 27 points and 10 rebounds, one off his season high, and Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young added 25 each for Philly.

    -- ESPN research

    The Sixers (36-33) won three of five games on their trip, including wins over playoff-bound teams Portland and the Los Angeles Lakers. Philadelphia blew a 14-point halftime lead, but rallied during the final seconds of the fourth quarter, and then again in overtime to beat one of the NBA's best home-court teams in Portland.

    "I think this shows the growth of our team," Philadelphia coach Tony DiLeo, "to go into Los Angeles and beat the Lakers, then come here where they have a great home record and win in overtime."

    The first-year Sixers coach said close games like Monday's were often contests Philadelphia lost earlier in the season.

    "We're doing a better job of finishing out the games, especially our free-throw shooting," said DiLeo, whose team made 35 of 39 free throws against Portland.

    Philadelphia relied on a three-man performance to pull out the win as Miller, Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young combined to score 77 points. Iguodala and Young scored 25 points each. Young made 10 of 15 shots and scored 17 points during the second half and overtime.

    The Sixers got off to a torrid start, hitting 13 of 16 shots to lead 31-26 after the first quarter. The fast start carried through the first half for the Sixers, who led 58-44 at halftime.

    Philadelphia also shut down Portland's Brandon Roy. The Sixers held the Blazers' All-Star guard to 12 points, ending his personal streak of consecutive 20-point or more performances at 12.

    "We've had to guard a lot of guys lately. We had Kobe and Dwyane Wade back-to-back," Iguodala said. "What we tried to do is not try to stop a guy, you just try to make them work."

    The loss wasn't unexpected for Portland, which returned from an East Coast road trip in which it played five games in seven days last week. The Blazers (44-27) are tied for second place with Utah in the Northwest Division, one game behind first-place Denver.

    Portland coach Nate McMillan didn't think it was dead legs as much as the Blazers' offensive mind-set. The Blazers tied a season high by taking 34 3-point shots. The passive attack resulted in only 17 free throws for Portland, as opposed to 39 for the Sixers.

    "We played the perimeter instead of going to the basket, and it cost us," McMillan said.

    Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Steve Blake scored 22 points.

    The Blazers shot just 1-of-14 from 3-point range during the first half, but the Blazers shot themselves back into contention after halftime. Blake hit three consecutive 3-pointers during a late third-quarter run that cut Philadelphia's lead to 74-72. Then, trailing 79-72 early in the fourth quarter, Rudy Fernandez made a pair of 3-pointers to fuel a 13-0 run to give the Blazers an 85-79 lead.

    Philadelphia responded with a spurt of its own, a 15-6 run that gave the Sixers a 94-91 lead with 2:50 remaining. Iguodala later hit two free throws with 20 seconds remaining to tie it at 98 and force overtime.

    Game notes

    Portland's Nicolas Batum returned to the starting lineup after missing the past two games with a sprained left ankle. ... The Blazers grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and scored 30 second-chance points, both season highs. ... Philadelphia swept the two-game season series from Portland. ... Blazers center Greg Oden made his first playing appearance at home since the All-Star break. The crowd gave Oden a rousing ovation, and 30 seconds after entering the game, he dunked en route to a three-point play.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 108
    FGM-FGA 38-74 (.514) 41-101 (.406)
    3PM-3PA 3-5 (.600) 10-34 (.294)
    FTM-FTA 35-39 (.897) 16-17 (.941)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-40 20-40
    Assists 12 18
    Turnovers 13 13
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 5 8
    Fast Break Points 23 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 27 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 16 6

    Top Performers

    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 27
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    LaMarcus Aldridge Aldridge
    Points: 24
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2