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Aldridge earnings and Spurs kick Portland 113-101

PORTLAND, Ore. — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points in his lapse to Portland, heading a San Antonio Spurs to a 113-101 feat over a Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Aldridge, who played 9 seasons in Portland before withdrawal as a giveaway representative this summer, combined 6 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard finished with 20 points for a Spurs, who won their third straight.

Damian Lillard led a Blazers with 22 points, including 5 3-pointers, and 9 assists. Portland has mislaid 3 straight.

The diversion noted Aldridge’s initial coming in Portland given he sealed a four-year understanding value $80 million with San Antonio in July.

Aldridge set authorization annals for rebounds and double-doubles, while finishing second to Clyde Drexler in points. He was greeted by a brew of cheers and boos from a fans during a Moda Center.

He was among 4 starters that left a Blazers in a offseason, fasten Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez. Lillard is a usually starter left from that team, that went 51-31.

The Spurs finished a initial entertain on a 14-4 run to take a 28-24 lead. It seemed during one indicate during a duration that Lillard was carrying difficulty with his right thumb.

Danny Green‘s 3-pointer gave San Antonio a 41-32 lead. Portland’s Noah Vonleh was called for a tainted on a shot, and Blazers manager Terry Stotts was given a technical for arguing a call.

The Spurs pushed a lead to 58-46 during a break.

Portland sealed to within 64-62 on Al-Farouq Aminu‘s back-to-back 3-pointers mid by a third quarter, and Lillard’s giveaway throws tied a measure during 66.

But a Blazers were stung in a indirect moments when starting brazen Meyers Leonard was whisked to a locker room with what incited out to be a dislocated left shoulder. He did not return.

Portland couldn’t lift in front, and a Spurs pushed their lead to 97-87 on Aldridge’s basket with 6:59 left.


Spurs: The organisation arrived in Portland a day early and a organisation of players went sightseeing during Multnomah Falls, a largest rapids in Oregon, located only easterly of Portland. Manu Ginobili posted cinema on Twitter.

Blazers: Guard Gerald Henderson, who had hip medicine in a offseason, done his initial coming this deteriorate for a Blazers, early in a second half. He played 18 minutes, scoring 12 points. … Lillard is a initial Blazer with during slightest 3 3-pointers in 8 true games given Damon Stoudamire over a 10-game widen in 2005.


Gary Payton, a former SuperSonics good who played during Oregon State, was during a game. Payton’s son now plays for a Beavers. Portland Timbers manager Caleb Porter was also during a game. The Timbers are in Major League Soccer’s playoffs and set to horde FC Dallas on Nov. 22 in a initial of a two-match array with a leader advancing to a joining championship game.


Spurs: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.

Trail Blazers: Visit Memphis on Friday night.

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