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LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard carry Trail Blazers by Pacers

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LaMarcus Aldridge put up 28 points and recorded 10 rebounds, while Damian Lillard added 26 points and 6 rebounds to help the Portland Trail Blazers edge the Indiana Pacers, 106-102. Portland (15-3) has now won 9 of their last 10 games.

Aldridge finished 11-19 and converted 6-8 from the free throw line. Paul George had another strong game for Indiana in the loss, scoring 43 points on 16-30 shooting, including 7-15 from behind the arc. David West chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds and Luis Scola finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds.

In a showdown of statistical strengths, the offense of Portland won the turnover battle against the defense of Indiana that forces the league's third-most errors (opponents' TO% of 18.9%). The Trail Blazers ended this contest with a TO% of 13.9%, and make the fifth-fewest mistakes in the league this year (TO% of 14.1%).

This defeat means an end to a 7-game winning streak for Indiana, pushing their record to 16-2 for the year.

Coming up, the Trail Blazers battle the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 12-3 on the season. The Pacers go up against the Utah Jazz, currently sitting at 4-15 this year.


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