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LaMarcus Aldridge posts double-double, Trail Blazers dominate 76ers

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LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 20 points and added 16 rebounds, his 13th double-double of the season, to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a blowout victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, 139-105. The Trail Blazers shot lights out, finishing 52-93 (55.9%) from the field, including 21-37 (56.8%) from beyond the arc. Portland (20-4) is now on a three-game winning streak.

Aldridge finished 10-15, in a strong performance. Portland also got solid performances from Nicolas Batum with 17 points and 9 assists, Damian Lillard with 16 points and 6 assists, and Mo Williams with 14 points and 7 assists. Despite the loss, Tony Wroten put up 18 points for Philadelphia on 5-15 shooting (2-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-10 from the free throw line. He also recorded 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Spencer Hawes contributed 16 points and 5 rebounds and Thaddeus Young finished with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

As the numbers predicted, the high-octane offense of Portland (ranked first in the NBA in offensive efficiency) took advantage of the porous defense of Philadelphia (ranked 30th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.32 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 67.2%, the Trail Blazers connected at a rate of 56.8% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (4-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the 76ers are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Philadelphia (7-18) has now lost six consecutive games.

Coming up, the Trail Blazers square off against the Detroit Pistons, who are 11-13 on the season. The 76ers match up with the Brooklyn Nets, currently sitting at 8-15 this year. The Trail Blazers are 1-0 versus Detroit this season.


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