Sixers lose 118-114 in Portland as Damian Lillard gives Trail Blazers edge in wild game

PORTLAND, Ore. — Doc Rivers made it sound so simple. Before Thursday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the 76ers coach was asked how his team could bounce back from the Feb. 4 blowout loss to the Blazers. In that game, Portland was without four starters and six players total, including perennial All-Star Damian Lillard. “Play hard,” Rivers said matter-of-factly. “We just didn’t have a lot of energy. We’d come off a road trip. They played great, too.” Turns out, it wasn’t that simple for the Sixers. A late foul and a turnover on the ensuing possession in the final 3.1 seconds led…

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