Carmelo Anthony made two free throws with 3.1 seconds left to break a tie and cap his 17-point fourth-quarter outburst to spark the Portland Trail Blazers to a 118-114 victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
Anthony, who made his first six shots in the fourth quarter, finished with a season-best 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting as the Trail Blazers won for the fourth time in the past five games.
Damian Lillard added a team-leading 30 points despite making just 6 of 21 field-goal attempts for Portland.
Joel Embiid had 35 points and nine rebounds but couldn’t prevent Philadelphia from losing for just the second time in the past eight games. Both setbacks during the stretch are to the Trail Blazers.
Ben Simmons registered 23 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the 76ers. Tobias Harris scored 17 points and Seth Curry added 15 for Philadelphia.
The 76ers trailed by five late in the contest before Embiid knocked down a free-throw line jumper with 1:01 remaining and Curry drained a 3-pointer with 22.1 seconds left to knot the score at 114.
After Anthony was fouled by Harris and hit the tiebreaking free throws, Robert Covington’s steal thwarted the 76ers and Lillard clinched the game by hitting two free throws with 1.4 seconds to play.
Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 points, Anfernee Simons had 11 points and Enes Kanter recorded 10 points and 14 rebounds for Portland.
The Trail Blazers connected on 43 percent of their field-goal attempts and were 17 of 38 from behind the arc.
Philadelphia shot 48.8 percent from the field and 6 of 27 from 3-point range.
Anthony buried three consecutive 3-pointers in a 78-second span to give Portland a 102-97 lead with 8:28 remaining.
Anthony later made two more baskets in a 46-second span to give the Trail Blazers a 108-101 advantage. Philadelphia scored eight of the next nine points with Harris making two free throws to tie it at 109 with 2:41 left.
Trent drained a 3-pointer 20 seconds later to put Portland back ahead and Lillard added a short jumper in the lane to give the Trail Blazers a 114-109 lead with 1:15 remaining.
Lillard poured in 19 points in the opening quarter as Portland led 37-36.
Embiid tallied 15 in the second quarter, including two baskets in the final 2.3 seconds to give the 76ers a 63-60 lead at the break. Embiid had 23 in the half.
–Field Level Media