Another night, another great performance from LaMarcus Aldridge.
And with it comes another win for the Portland Trail Blazers, who defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 111-104. It moves the Blazers to 16-3 and 8-1 at home. They now also hold a percentage points lead over the San Antonio Spurs – whose game tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City was postponed due to a fire in the arena – for the best record in the Western Conference.
Leading the way, as always, for the Trail Blazers tonight was big man LaMarcus Aldridge. He dropped 38 (17-28 shooting) points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists. 26 of those points came in the 2nd half, when the Blazers need them the most.
After trailing big at halftime, the Blazers used a huge 3rd quarter to reestablish a foot hold in the game. The teams were neck and neck the whole 4th quarter, until Aldridge corralled a Damian Lillard miss and converted the put back, giving the Blazers a 99-98 lead. Aldridge then proceeded to score buckets on the next three possessions, securing the win for Portland.
The 38 points were a season high for Aldridge, and just the second time on the year he’s topped the 30 mark. It was also his second double-double in a row, and his ninth overall for the year. The 5 assists were also a season high for the big man, who isn’t exactly renowned for his passing ability.
Check Aldridge’s shot chart below. As always, he was an assassin from mid-range – especially on the left side.
After two tough tests against the Pacers and Thunder, Aldridge and the Blazers get a bit of relief as they take on the Jazz in their next outing.