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Aldridge leads Blazers past Lakers

Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) celebrates after scoring in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 105-99. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Aldridge leads Blazers past Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers blew most of a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-108 Sunday night for their 12th victory in 13 games.

Damian Lillard had 26 points and nine assists, and Wesley Matthews scored 17 points for the Blazers, whose 11-game winning streak ended four days earlier in Phoenix.

Portland returned from its holiday break with its first road victory over the Lakers in seven tries since April 11, 2010, but only after the undermanned Lakers rallied within one point in a harrowing fourth quarter.

Xavier Henry scored 27 points and Jodie Meeks added 20 for the Lakers, who had won five of six to climb above .500 for the first time since they were 1-0.

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