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Aldridge leads Trail Blazers past Suns

PORTLAND — LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 13 rebounds for his team-record 220th double-double, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Phoenix Suns 108-87 on Thursday night.

Nicolas Batum scored 20 points and Robin Lopez, playing his second game after missing 23 with a broken right hand, had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who won their second straight after a three-game skid.

Markieff Morris had 18 points for the Suns, who dropped their third in a row. Phoenix climbed back into the game in the third period after trailing by 19 in the first half, but ultimately the Blazers thwarted the rally with a dominant fourth quarter.

Portland opened the fourth with a 9-2 run to go up 75-67. Batum's 3-pointer stretched the lead to 86-75 with 6:03 left.

Portland went 6-9 in January after ascending to the top spot in the Western Conference standings earlier this season. Before a 103-102 victory Tuesday night over the Jazz, the Blazers had lost five of six.

The Suns were one of the teams that beat the Blazers last month, 118-113 in Phoenix on Jan. 21.

But the Suns are struggling on the road, with six straight losses, and they were coming off a 102-101 loss at home to Memphis on Monday.

The Blazers jumped out to a 25-13 lead on Wesley Matthews' 3-pointer. Portland got a spark off the bench from C.J. McCollum, who had 12 points.

The Suns struggled with turnovers, committing eight in the first quarter alone, and trailed 46-35 at halftime. The first-half point total was a season low for Phoenix.

The Suns closed the gap to 52-46, but there was a scary moment when Alex Len crashed into the base of the basket and appeared to injure his right ankle. He was able to walk it off.

Morris' 3-pointer and a free throw from Miles Plumlee pulled the Suns to 54-53 midway through the third quarter.

The Suns briefly took a 63-62 lead after Eric Bledsoe's layup with 1:20 left in the third quarter, but Batum answered with a 3 on the other end.


Suns: Phoenix assigned T.J. Warren and Tyler Ennis to their D-League affiliate Bakersfield on Wednesday. ... The loss snapped a three-game winning streak over the Blazers.

Trail Blazers: Matthews will compete in the 3-point contest at the All-Star Game. He went into Thursday with an NBA-leading 151 3s this season. ... It was Aldridge's 25th double-double of the season. ... Ex-Blazer Rasheed Wallace was at the game, and the crowd chanted his name.


The Suns host Utah tonight.

The Trail Blazers visit Dallas on Saturday.