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Wizards 100, Trail Blazers 90

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WASHINGTON -- Point guard John Wall scored 22 points and forward Trevor Ariza added 20 as the Washington Wizards moved above .500 for the first time since 2009 with a 100-90 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Reserve center Kevin Seraphin scored a season-high 19 points for the Wizards, who committed only two turnovers through three quarters and led the entire second half. Washington (24-23) won for the fourth time in six games, with all the victories coming against Western Conference opponents.

Guard Damian Lillard scored 25 points for the Trail Blazers (34-14), while forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Forward Nicolas Batum added 18 points.

Portland, which fell to 15-9 on the road, lost for the third time in four games overall and for the third consecutive time to Washington.

The Wizards last owned a winning record when they were 2-1 on Oct. 31, 2009. They had not been over .500 in February since 2008. The matchup with the Blazers marked Washington's eighth opportunity to post a winning record and fifth since Jan. 18.

Wall, named to his first All-Star Game last week, never played with a winning record since entering the league in 2010.

The pattern repeated over Washington's previous nine games: win to reach .500, lose the next game to drop back. The Wizards snapped the Oklahoma City Thunder's 10-game winning streak on Saturday.

Seraphin scored the final eight points of a 12-0 second-half run that gave Washington its largest lead, 86-69, with 11:08 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Aldridge's layup with 1:12 remaining cut the margin to 96-90, but the Blazers would get no closer. Wizards forward Nene (13 points) countered with a jumper on the next possession.

The Blazers shot a scorching 61 percent in the first half, but they ended the game at 45.7 percent, and they finished 5-for-19 on 3-point attempts.

The Wizards finished with six turnovers, while Portland had 16.

The Trail Blazers shot at least 60 percent from the field in each of the first two quarters, yet they still trailed at the end of both periods before a crowd of 13,259.

Washington entered the second quarter up 32-29, then fell behind as the Blazers made nine consecutive field-goal attempts, including four from Aldridge. The Western Conference All-Star's jumper gave Portland a 55-47 lead with 2:23 remaining.

That would be the Blazers' final points of the half. Washington scored the final eight points before the break, including six from Wall for a 56-55 halftime lead.

Ariza hit four 3-pointers in the game, including one opening the third quarter to extend the spurt.

NOTES: Wizards F Trevor Booker was not with the team for personal reasons. ... The Trail Blazers have used the same starting lineup in all 48 games this season. ... Wizards reserve PG Eric Maynor played for the Trail Blazers last season. Expected to back up PG John Wall, Maynor played in only half of the Wizards' 46 games entering Monday. ... The teams wrap up the season series in Portland on March 20. ... The Trail Blazers next play at the New York Knicks on Wednesday, the same day Washington continues its five-game homestand against the San Antonio Spurs.
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