Blazers all smiles after victory over Wizards

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Portland Trail Blazers have had trouble on the road all season, and were coming off one of the low points the previous night. They got a much-needed win against one of the league’s worst teams.LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 10 rebounds as the Trail Blazers beat the Washington Wizards 110-99 on Saturday night to end a four-game road losing streak. Portland’s skid included the first two games of their current seven-game road trip, including a 104-86 defeat at Boston on Friday night.“Whenever you lose, especially the way we lost, we’re blessed to have an opportunity to come back the next night,” said Portland’s Jamal Crawford, who scored 23 points. “Usually if you lose a game like last night, you sit on it for two or three days with the schedule the way it is.”Aldridge shot 12 for 15 from the floor and 6 for 6 from the free-throw line, topping 20 points for the third straight game.“I was just locked in tonight,” Aldridge said. “I just felt good.”Raymond Felton added 21 points — 10 in the fourth quarter — as the Trail Blazers improved to 6-14 on the road, compared to 14-7 at home.John Wall had 25 points and eight assists, JaVale McGee scored 15 points and Chris Singleton added 12 for Washington. The Wizards were coming off a 106-101 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, but again failed to start a winning streak. Washington has only won consecutive games once this season.“We couldn’t get stops together when we needed to,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “We’ve got to become more committed defensively as a group. You’ve got to be able in that fourth quarter to put two, three, four stops in a row together to get over that hump, and I didn’t think we could do that tonight.”last_img read more

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