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Trail Blazers Face 76ers In 2011-2012 Regular Season Opener

12/23/11
  1. Written by: sarahhecht  / avg. rating: 5.0

    For the first time in franchise history the Trail Blazers will face the Philadelphia 76ers on opening night of the regular season. The Rose Garden will host the only meeting of the two in the condensed 66-game season. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00pm and the game will be televised locally on KGW and over the airwaves on 750 AM The Game.

    Last season the Trail Blazers and 76ers split the season series 1-1, each winning on their own floor.

    In their two meetings three Trail Blazers averaged double digits. Team leader LaMarcus Aldridge averaged 19 points and pulled down a series-high average of 9.5 rebounds. Gerald Wallace saw Philadelphia once while a Trail Blazer and rocked the game with 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Leading all scorers in the series, Wesley Matthews averaged 27 points in two games.

    As a team Philadelphia topped Portland from the field connecting on 48.6 percent of their shots. The Trail Blazers weren’t far behind sinking 43.8 percent. Both teams averaged 94.5 points in two games.

    With Portland adapting a new running offense fast break points will be important. Last season Philadelphia held a 25-15 advantage in points off the break. But rebounding, a key factor to the up tempo offense, was won by the Trail Blazers. Portland held the advantage on the offensive glass 23-16 converting 26 second-chance points.

    Though the Trail Blazers dominated the paint, it was the 76ers who won the battle from behind the arc, but not by much. Through the two-game series Philadelphia shot 45.2 percent (14-31) to Portland’s 39 percent (16-41.)

    This season each of the squads has two exhibition games under their belts. Treated as regular season games by head coach Nate McMillan, Portland earned a 1-1 record against the Utah Jazz. Wesley Matthews led all preseason scorers with 32 points in two games. He was followed by Raymond Felton with 26 points and Nicolas Batum with 25.

    The men of Rip City garnered 16 rebounds on the offensive glass and 57 on the defensive in their preseason games. Philly pulled down 20 offensive and a whopping 77 defensive rebounds while defeating the Washington Wizards twice. Fast break points were even at 33 for both squads.

    Jrue Holiday led the 76ers through their two exhibition matches with 36 points followed by Lou Williams and Evan Turner with 29 apiece.

    Tonight’s game can be seen locally on KGW with Mike Barrett and Mike Rice. Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey will have the call on 750 AM The Game and on all of the stations of the Trail Blazers Radio Network.

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