LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 44 and poured in the last 15 points for the Portland Trail Blazers, rallying his team to a 110-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
Aldridge added 13 rebounds and five assists.
The Nuggets got off to a great start in this one, taking a 67-59 lead into halftime. They got 25 points from Nate Robinson and Anthony Randolph off the bench in the first 24 minutes and shot a scalding 59 percent during the first half.
Aldridge had only 14 off 6-of-14 shooting in the first two quarters, and the Blazers looked to be fighting an uphill battle.
That looked to be the case even more in the third period, as Randy Foye buried three triples early on in the frame to put Denver up by 15.
Then, Aldridge took over.
The MVP candidate and likely All-Star scored 15 points in the third and then another 15 in the fourth, punishing the Nuggets with mid-range jumpers and getting to the free-throw line with impunity.
Aldridge went 14-of-17 from the charity stripe and went 8-for-8 over the final 1:09.
Robin Lopez was also enormous in this one, both literally and figuratively. The seven-footer grabbed eight offensive rebounds against the undersized Nuggets and posted a plus-10 plus-minus.
Wesley Matthews added 24 points for Portland, which avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season.
Wilson Chandler led Denver with 18.
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