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Sixers edge Blazers, but get bad news about Bynum

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PHILADELPHIA -- As far as the Philadelphia 76ers were concerned, the news of the day "sucked" in the estimation of point guard Jrue Holiday.

The game did not.

The Sixers, having learned earlier in the evening that center Andrew Bynum was officially done for the season, pulled out a 101-100 victory over Portland on Monday. Holiday hit the go-ahead jumper with 2:30 left and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge came up empty on a potential winning shot in the final second.

"I feel like we've had a lot of close games where the ending was different, such as Miami," Holiday said, referring to a 98-94 loss last Wednesday. "Just coming through at the end of a game like that is awesome."

Holiday finished with 27 points, including six in the final 2:30. He added eight rebounds and six assists for Philadelphia (26-40), which won for the third time in four games.

Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and Spencer Hawes, who has started most of the season in Bynum's place, had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Sixers.

The team announced during the game that Bynum, who has not played all season because of bone bruises on both knees, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knees Tuesday in New York and not play in any of the team's remaining games. He was acquired from the Lakers in a four-team trade last summer.

Aldridge had 32 points and 14 rebounds for Portland (31-35). Damian Lillard added 27 points for the Blazers, who lost for the ninth time in their past 10 road games. They are 9-24 on the road this season.

Portland, which trailed by 14 points late in the third quarter, moved to a 92-89 lead with 4:01 left in the game on Aldridge's basket. But Damien Wilkins answered with a jumper, and after Luke Babbitt missed a 3-point shot, Holiday connected from the left elbow, giving the Sixers a 93-92 lead.

Baskets by Hawes and Young increased Philadelphia's edge to 97-92 with 1:06 remaining. Lillard and Holiday exchanged baskets, and Aldridge and Lillard then sandwiched 3-pointers around two free throws by Holiday, making it 101-100 with 7.1 seconds left.

Young threw away the inbounds pass when Holiday tripped over the foot of teammate Dorell Wright. But Aldridge, isolated right of the lane against Hawes, missed a short jumper in the final second and Wesley Matthews came up empty on a tip-in attempt.

"They dumped (the ball) right in there," Hawes said. "As a big guy you like to see that. You like to see them throwing it in the post for the game-winner."

Aldridge said, "I thought it was going in, but it didn't."

Wright had 16 points and Wilkins 12 for Philadelphia.

In the first half, Wright and Hawes scored 12 points, Young added 11 and Holiday had 10 as the Sixers shot 58.1 percent from the field and took a 58-50 lead.

Aldridge had 18 first-half points, 16 coming in the first quarter.

The Sixers extended their lead to 78-64 late in the third quarter. But Portland scored the last eight points of the quarter to creep within six. Another 8-0 flurry in the fourth quarter -- one that included two 3-pointers by Babbitt -- gave the Blazers a 90-87 advantage with 4:58 to play.

Young and Aldridge then exchanged baskets, leaving it 92-89 with 4:01 left.

Earlier, the Sixers released a statement in which general manager Tony DiLeo said the following about Bynum:

"After many months of rehabilitation and consulting with numerous doctors, Andrew and the doctors treating him determined that this is the best course of action at this point. We will continue to monitor and evaluate his status moving forward."

The arthroscopic surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek of the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York. The procedure will clean out loose bodies from within the knees in an attempt to alleviate pain and swelling.

"That's something that sucked to hear, especially from an athlete or fan perspective," Holiday said. "I'm just praying for him."

Sixers coach Doug Collins said, "I feel badly I didn't get a chance to coach him this year. I think he would have been an incredible player for us this year. I just want to wish him well."

NOTES: Holiday scored 11 points and Lillard 10 in the fourth quarter. ... Earlier in the day, the NBA announced that Aldridge had been named Western Conference Player of the Week for March 11-17 after averaging 27 points, 10.7 rebounds, three blocks and three assists while the Blazers went 2-1. Aldridge also made all 19 of his free throws. "He's played this week like he's played the entire season," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "He's been a very consistent player all season for us." ... The Sixers matched their season high of 31 assists Monday, and over their last four games have 119 assists on 152 field goals. "I've always felt that offensive plays were very overrated in any level of basketball," Collins said. "To me, if you put five people on the court and you get good 15- to 18-foot spacing, you pass hard and you cut hard and you move and you help each other, you're going to get good shots."
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