The Trail Blazers came in as the best rebounding team in the league and it showed. Portland dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Sixers 52-29 with 18 offensive rebounds leading to second chances. Aldridge led the way with 11 boards, while Carter-Williams (a point guard) led Philly with 7. It was the defining aspect of the game, as other than not hitting a single 3-pointer all game (0-8), the Sixers played well otherwise.
Brett Brown's team limited themselves to 10 turnover and shot 50% from the floor for the game. The Sixers even shot well from the line for once, connecting on 20 of 24 attempts. Philly outscored Portland 70-46 in the paint but it wasn't enough to pick up their first win.
Carter-Williams scored 24 points and had 2 steals while Wroten added 20 points, 9 dimes, and 3 steals. Coming off the best game of his career against the Knicks (17 points 12 rebounds), Nerlens Noel played well with 12 points (6-7 FG), 5 boards, 3 steals, and 2 rejections. Henry Sims added an efficient 22 points but was bullied on the glass, collecting only 4 rebounds at the center position.
The Sixers host the Nets (5-8) on Wednesday, hoping to avoid matching their franchise-worst start.
By: Matt Ryan