Aldridge stars in Blazers win


As time wound down in the Trail Blazers’ victory over the Oklahoma City, LaMarcus Aldridge was showered with shouts of “MVP! MVP!” from the Portland fans.

Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds in the Blazers’ 111-104 win Wednesday night that snapped the Thunder’s eight-game winning streak.

It was his ninth double-double and 15th game with at least 20 points this season. He made a career-high 17 field goals.

“Just surreal. It was humbling to have that moment here,” Aldridge said of the crowd’s reaction. “I’ve been here so long and I’ve had very few of those type of chants here. So that was fun. I thought that made the night complete for me.”

The victory gives the surprising Blazers a 16-3 record this season, best in the Western Conference and second only to Indiana overall. Portland has won 14 of its last 15 games, a stretch that includes an 11-game winning streak.

Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer with 29.9 seconds to go all but sealed it for Portland, which had lost seven straight against Oklahoma City.

The Thunder led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but Aldridge led a third-quarter rally and Portland built a 91-84 lead on consecutive 3-pointers from Dorell Wright and Damian Lillard with 7:58 left.

Durant finished with 33 for the Thunder, who were playing the second game of a back-to-back after defeating Sacramento 97-95 Tuesday night. Westbrook had 21 points.

“He was shooting turnarounds from almost the 3-point line over the top of our bigs and knocking them down,” Durant said of Aldridge. “That’s what great players do, they come through in the clutch and make shots.”

Aldridge scored 16 of his points in the third quarter, when the Blazers outscored the Thunder 35-21.

“I don’t know if I have the words, to be honest,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said of Aldridge’s night. “Offensively, obviously he can score. But I liked his toughness, I liked his leadership, I liked his competitive fire. As much as he played very well, it was a lot of the intangibles that I really appreciated from him tonight.”

Cavaliers 98, Nuggets 88

In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and the Cavaliers snapped Denver’s seven-game winning streak.

Hawks 107, Clippers 97

In Atlanta, Kyle Korver tied the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer and scored a season-high 23 points in the Hawks’ victory over the Clippers.

Suns 97, Rockets 88

In Houston, Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists to lead Phoenix over the Rockets.

Pacers 95, Jazz 86

In Salt Lake City, Paul George scored 19 points and Indiana returned to its defensive ways to defeat the Jazz in Utah for the first time since an 84-60 victory on Nov. 29, 2005.

Mavericks 100, Pelicans 97

In New Orleans, Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter.

Nowitzki gave Dallas the lead with a free throw to make the score 98-97 with 32.3 seconds left.

Pistons 105, Bucks 98

In Milwaukee, Andre Drummond had 24 points and 19 rebounds and the Pistons rode a strong second-half performance.

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