Blazers turn back Thunder
LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped Oklahoma City’s eight-game winning streak with a 111-104 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.
Seattle Times news services
PORTLAND — As time wound down in the Trail Blazers’ victory over Oklahoma City, LaMarcus Aldridge was showered with shouts of “MVP! MVP!” from the Portland fans.
Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds in the Blazers’ 111-104 win Wednesday night that snapped the Thunder’s eight-game winning streak.
It was his ninth double-double and 15th game with at least 20 points this season. He made a career-high 17 field goals.
“Just surreal. It was humbling to have that moment here,” Aldridge said of the crowd’s reaction. “I’ve been here so long and I’ve had very few of those type of chants here. So that was fun. I thought that made the night complete for me.”
The victory gives the surprising Blazers a 16-3 record this season, best in the Western Conference and second only to Indiana overall. Portland has won 14 of its past 15 games, a stretch that includes an 11-game winning streak.
Nicolas Batum’s three-pointer with 29.9 seconds to go all but sealed it for Portland, which had lost seven straight against Oklahoma City.
Kevin Durant finished with 33 points for the Thunder.
MEXICO CITY — The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday night because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.
The game will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.
The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to an NBA spokeswoman.
However, Mexico City police said there was a fire in the generator room.
It would have been the NBA’s first regular-season game in the country since Houston and Dallas played in Mexico City on Dec. 6, 1997.
• Kyle Korver scored a season-high 23 points and tied the NBA record for consecutive games with a three-pointer in the host Atlanta Hawks’ 107-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Korver tied Dana Barros’ 18-year-old record by hitting a three-pointer in his 89th straight game.
• The Los Angeles Lakers said Kobe Bryant would not play against Sacramento on Friday.
• Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and the host Cleveland Cavaliers snapped the Denver Nuggets’ seven-game winning streak with a 98-88 victory.
• The Charlotte Bobcats said forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be sidelined four to six weeks with a broken left hand.
• Former NBA player Keon Clark, 38, was sentenced to eight years in prison in a plea agreement with prosecutors in Danville, Ill., on weapons and driving-under-the-influence charges.