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Monday, February 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (34-13) at Washington Wizards (23-23), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers head east for four games,
starting Monday night when they visit the Verizon Center to take on the
Portland begins its road trip after losing two of its last three. With
Oklahoma City's recent surge, the Blazers are three back in the Northwest
The Trail Blazers will also visit the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and
Minnesota Timberwolves on this sojourn.
Portland was able to secure a victory its last time out, a 106-103 win over
the Toronto Raptors at Moda Center Saturday night.
The Blazers coughed up a 16-point fourth quarter lead, but LaMarcus Aldridge
tallied 27 points with 15 rebounds and Damian Lillard's running bank shot with
11.9 seconds left proved to be the game-winner.
"It's good to get a win after losing a couple. It's a win we needed to get,"
said head coach Terry Stotts. "Toronto played very well to get back in the
game and obviously to take the lead. But I don't want to have that last
quarter take away from what I thought was a pretty good game for us."
The Wizards have alternated wins and losses over their last nine, but the most
recent was the biggest.
John Wall supplied 17 points, 15 assists and six steals, as the Wizards halted
the Oklahoma City Thunder's 10-game win streak with a 96-81 triumph on
Saturday at the Verizon Center.
Trevor Ariza registered a team-high 18 points, Nene followed with 17, and
Marcin Gortat tallied 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards, who have won
three of their last five games.
Kevin Durant was held under 30 points for the second straight game, finishing
with 26 points, seven assists and five boards for the Thunder, who were held
under 100 points for the first time since Jan. 14, the same day of their last
loss, a 90-87 setback at Memphis.
"Just try to make him take tough shots," Ariza said when asked how his team
was able to limit Durant's scoring. "Try not to give him no easy, easy looks."
Things don't get any easier for the Wizards. After bouts with the Thunder and
Blazers, the other elite team out west, the San Antonio Spurs come to town on
Wednesday and the Wiz end the homestand on Friday against the Cleveland
The Wizards swept both meetings with Portland last season and have won four of
the last six in this series. Portland has lost three of its last four visits
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