The first game of the season was an up and down affair. The Portland Trail Blazers kept trying to pull away from the Philadelphia 76ers, who in turn kept pulling the rope, keeping the Blazers within shouting distance. In the fourth, the Blazers ran to a 16 point lead, only for the Sixers to hit 6 of 8 (insane) three pointers to cut the lead to three. But eventually, the rope ran out. The Blazers hold on after an anxiety-inducing opening night, 107-103.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Meanwhile, Crash Wallace lit up both Philly and the crowd, adding 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals.
Before the fourth quarter insanity, this was an interesting game, a lot of outlet passing, breaks, and a few dunks. Everyone would be more entertained if they weren't busy checking if they were still breathing.
Hang out here, later tonight you'll see a postgame recap from Dave, and Ben's Media Row report. Hey, it's been a while since I said that.