LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and added 9 rebounds, while Damian Lillard added 26 points and 9 assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a close victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-108. Portland (14-3) has now won 9 of their last 10 games.
Aldridge shot 11-19 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. Robin Lopez chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds for Portland as well. Xavier Henry had a big game off the bench for Los Angeles despite the loss, scoring 27 points on 9-12 shooting (2-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-11 from the free throw line. Steve Blake contributed 13 points and 9 assists and Robert Sacre finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Coming up, the Trail Blazers battle the Indiana Pacers, who are 16-1 on the season. The Lakers match up against the Sacramento Kings, currently sitting at 4-11 this year. The Lakers are 1-0 versus Sacramento this season.