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Aldridge Scores 44, Blazers Beat Nuggets 110-105

Aldridge scored the team's final 15 points: After missing three of four free throws, he settled down to make eight straight to close out the game. It was his third career game with 40 or more points. "It goes without saying, LaMarcus just keeps impressing everybody with what he's doing," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said, ticking off the contributions: "He was aggressive to the basket, he made his jump shots, he made his free throws, he rebounded, he came up big when we needed him, he made passes out of the double teams when they doubled, he got blocked shots. He was fantastic." The Blazers trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, but chipped away at Denver's lead to pull to 91-90 on Matthews' turnaround fadeaway before taking the lead on his 15-foot jumper. The teams wrestled for control, but Aldridge's jumper put Portland up a 102-99 with 3:08 left. Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov made consecutive baskets to regain the lead for Denver, and it was back-and-forth until Aldridge made four consecutive free throws to shouts of "M-V-P," from the Portland crowd, giving the Blazers a 108-105 lead.

New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Live Score and Analysis

So many times, Portland was able to get a man open, particularly early on in the game. There were several instances where guys got free underneath the basket as a result of perfect counters which completely caught the Knicks' defense off-guard. The Blazers also did a fine job of rotating the ball around the perimeter to find the open man from beyond the beli jaket jepang arc. Awful Help Defense by the Knicks New York's D improved in the second half, but the lack of help defense we saw from Mike Woodson's club in the first two quarters was outright disgusting. Lillard was given free paths to the basket on numerous occasions, and there were also times where the Knicks would double down on Aldridge in the post and completely forget that the Blazers are a good outside shooting team.

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