PORTLAND -- Forward Thaddeus Young tied his season high with 30 points as the Philadelphia 76ers pulled out a dramatic 101-99 victory over the PORTLAND Trail Blazers Saturday night at the Moda Center.
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for PORTLAND (26-8), which lost for the fourth time at home this season. Center Robin Lopez collected 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Blazers.
The Blazers rallied from a 15-point first-quarter deficit to go into halftime trailing by only 52-50. Reserve guard Mo Williams scored 11 of his 14 first-half points in the second quarter and Aldridge had 13 points and seven rebounds at the break. Turner led Philadelphia with 15 first-half points.
The score was 66-66 midway through the third quarter when the Blazers got some separation with a 10-3 run that gave them a 76-69 advantage heading into the final period.
The 76ers stormed back with a 13-0 run to go in front 90-84 with 4:20 to play. PORTLAND answered with a 6-0 spurt to forge a 90-90 tie with 2:32 remaining. With the score knotted at 92-92, Young scored on a hook shot for a 94-92 lead with 1:10 left. Lopez made a pair of foul shots to make it even again at 94-94 with 54 seconds to go.
Young converted a tip-in to push the Sixers ahead 96-94 with 36.2 seconds on the clock.
PORTLAND guard Wesley Matthews made only one of two at the line with 23.1 seconds left. Philadelphia guard Michael Carter-Williams converted one of two, but the Blazers knocked the miss out of bounds, giving the visitors the ball and a 97-95 edge with 21.5 seconds to play.
Center Spencer Hawes sank a pair of gift shots with 19.3 seconds to up the Sixers' lead to 99-95. Aldridge scored off a lob pass to make it 99-97 with 18 seconds left, and Turner answered with two free throws to push the margin to 101-97 with 14.3 seconds left. Lillard scored on a layup with nine seconds left, and Lopez stole the inbound pass, and the Blazers called timeout with 5.4 seconds remaining. That set up Lillard's futile attempt to force overtime.
It was 37-23 when the Blazers rallied behind Williams, using a 24-10 run to draw even at 47-47 with 2:55 left in the quarter. Aldridge's jumper gave PORTLAND its first lead at 49-48, but the 76ers took a 52-50 edge into intermission.
NOTES: The last time PORTLAND and Philadelphia met up -- Dec. 14 at Wells Fargo Center -- the Trail Blazers bombed in a franchise-record 21 3-pointers in a 139-105 rout. "They're the best offensive team in the NBA," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. ... PORTLAND entered the night as the NBA's highest-scoring team at 109 points a game. Philadelphia gave up the most points at 111 per game. Even so, the 76ers came in with the intentions of employing their running style. "You could be adding gasoline to a roaring fire," Brown said. "We understand that. But this is who we are." ... The Sixers were 4-1 on their five-game trip. ... PORTLAND coach Terry Stotts has been impressed watching video of Philadelphia G Michael Carter-Williams, the leading candidate to succeed PORTLAND's Damian Lillard as Rookie of the Year. Carter-Williams "has a good all-around game," Stotts said. "He does a little bit of everything. He has good length defensively, can cover a lot of ground. Offensively, he finds people, he runs the team, he can get to the rim and he shoots better than people expected him to. He's perfect for their team, because he has people to go to, and they're playing a style that suits them well."