NBA Game Summary - Portland at Washington
(Sunday, February 11th)
Final Score: Portland 94, Washington 73
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers torched the Washington Wizards, 94-73.
Jarrett Jack also scored 18 points, and Juan Dixon added 14 points off the bench for Portland, which has won back-to-back games after losing three straight. Zach Randolph finished with 10 points and eight boards for the Blazers.
Gilbert Arenas suffered through a dreadful shooting performance, as he only made 3-of-15 from the field, and missed all eight three-pointers he attempted, finishing with nine points. DeShawn Stevenson led the Wizards with 12 points, and Caron Butler added 10 points for Washington, which fell for the fourth time in five games.
"We have a new philosophy now and that is focusing on defense," said Arenas. "We are trying to concentrate more on our defense and right now we are still adjusting to that."
The Blazers opened the fourth quarter with a 16-4 run that put the game away, capped by a Martell Webster three that put Portland up 77-53 with 8:08 left. Portland led by as much as 27 points on the way to the 21-point victory.
Arenas converted a three-point play with 5:16 left in the third quarter that pulled the Wizards to within 10 points, at 53-43. That was the last shot that Arenas would make, though, and Aldridge capped the period by tipping-in a shot as the buzzer sounded to send Portland into the final 12 minutes with a 61-49 advantage, a lead that would prove to be insurmountable on a day when Washington only shot 38 percent from the field, and made only 1-of-15 three- pointers attempted.
"We're getting better," said Aldridge. "We're growing up and I think that we're learning how to play with each other."
Both teams started the game shooting cold, and the Wizards led 12-11 after a Brendan Haywood basket with 6:24 left in the first quarter. Washington did not score another point in the quarter, though, and Portland closed with a 10-0 run to take a 21-12 lead into the second quarter.
The Blazers held a 41-30 lead at halftime.
Portland outrebounded the Wizards, 41-32...Washington only had eight assists...Although shooting horrid from the field, the Wizards did make all 18 free throws attempted.
02/11 18:47:08 ET