----- Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter combine for 40 points as the Trail Blazers hammer the 76ers 130-115 Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The Portland Trail Blazers took full advantage of Joel Embiid being out of the 76ers lineup on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Jusuf Nurkic led the Blazers with a team-high 24 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and dishing out four assists. Nurkic was active on both ends proving a presence around the rim on defense and setting tough screens for shooters on offense. Enes Kanter came off the bench to add 16 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.
The Blazers played an excellent team-game by dishing out 29 assists and committing just 11 turnovers. They connected on 49.5% of their field goals and dominated the glass with a 53-33 edge in rebounding including 19 offensive rebounds leading to a 19-12 advantage in second chance points.
Portland (36-23) had a variety of different players step up and make a contribution. Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu combined to score 28 points and pull down 11 rebounds, Jake Layman led the team with 11 rebounds, and Damian Lillard added 17 points and eight assists.
Up Next- The Trail Blazers continue their seven-game road trip Monday in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. The game is scheduled to tip off at 4:00 PM.
Chad's Take- Blazers taking advantage of the Eastern Conference this year with a league-best 16-4 record.