For the Philadelphia 76ers losing and poor defense have become common place. This was very evident in their 90-98 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers (13-28) played mediocre but just as it has become the norm, failed to seal the deal in the fourth quarter. Andre Iguodala did all he could finishing with 23 points but lack luster defense allowed Portland to give Philly their second loss in as many games.
Trailing 71-68 going into the final quarter the Sixers came out flat allowing the Blazers to stretch their lead to as many as 10. Leading scorer for Portland was former Sixer Andre Miller who ended with 24 points on 8-of-17 from the field including a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
Samuel Dalembert had the games only double-double finishing with 10 points and 15 rebounds shooting 50% from the field.
It was not a stellar game for either side with Portland shooting 47% (36-76) from the field along with the Sixers who shot an equally dismal 43% (34-78).
Next up for the Sixers is a visit from Southwest division leading Dallas on Friday night. Game time is set for 7 p.m.