|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 41 MIN | 14-20 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 30 PTS | +6
Thaddeus Young continued his stellar play, leading the Sixers to an impressive win over the Trailblazers. Young was incredibly efficient making 14 of 20 shots en route to 30 points. He also chipped in six rebounds, three steals and two assists in over 40 minutes of action. Young also was strong on the defensive end using his quickness to disrupt LaMarcus Aldridge. As the NBA trade deadline gets closer, Young continues to elevate his play.
|Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 9-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | +8
Evan Turner made it happen when it mattered for the Sixers against Portland. Turner notched a huge three with just under seven minutes to go and followed that up with a big two. Turner also came up big at the free throw stripe in the final seconds. Turner’s 23 points and seven rebounds gave the Sixers the second punch that they needed. Turner also drew the task of defending Nicholas Batum who shot a lowly 1-9 for four points.
|Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 33 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +11
Spencer Hawes failed to light it up on the offensive end but he was effective on the defensive end for Philadelphia. Hawes chipped in against Aldridge who despite scoring 29 points, did so on an inefficient 13-30 shooting performance. Hawes made some smart plays on the offensive end dishing out 7 assists. He also nailed two big free throws in the closing moments.
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 5-16 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -5
Another solid performance by the Sixers rookie point guard. MCW was solid overall scoring 16 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Carter-Williams had a strong defensive performance against Damian Lillard who shot just 6-20 from the floor.
|Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 4-10 FG | 4-7 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -1
Tony Wroten fulfilled the spark plug role for the Sixers tonight. Wroten, playing in front of a group of family and friends, gave the Sixers maximum effort off the bench. Wroten certainly took his share of chances on the offensive end but he managed 12 points and three assists. Much like Carter-Williams, Wroten used his length to disrupt the flow of the Portland offense while keeping their perimeter shooters in check.
By The Numbers:
- 4: The Sixers current winning streak. The hot stretch is the team’s longest of the season and was a strong way to close out a west coast swing.
- 0: The number of games the Sixers have lost in 2014.
Quote of the Game:
“On a night when the Eagles lose a tough playoff game, the Sixers offer the tiniest bit of consolation.” -Marc Zumoff
The biggest question following this game is who’s tanking now? The Sixers have yet to lose a game since the calendar flipped over to 2014 and all of those wins have come against the stronger Western Conference. Closing out that stretch against Portland, who entered the game with the NBA’s best record, proved that the players are still playing with the same amount of fight as they were at the beginning of the season despite some rough stretches. The Sixers will now head home to do battle with the Minnesota Timberwolves before heading back on the road to face the Cavaliers on “Andrew Bynum Judgement Day” in Cleveland.
The Sixers will also await word on the condition of Michael Carter-Williams who sustained a blow to the head from Thaddeus Young on the game’s final play.