Aldridge, Trail Blaz­ers hold off War­riors 96-95

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

PORT­LAND, ORE: These Port­land Trail Blaz­ers could nearly be dubbed The Re­place­ments.

With starters Bran­don Roy, Nicolas Ba­tum and Mar­cus Camby among those out with in­juries, the Blaz­ers had just nine avail­able play­ers but held off the Golden State War­riors for a 96-95 vic­tory on Fri­day night. Six of the avail­able Blaz­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures. "Be­ing short­handed it was tough, said sec­ond-year for­ward Dante Cunningham, who made his first start of the sea­son and had 13 points. "We def­i­nitely needed ev­ery­body."

"Def­i­nitely," echoed LaMar­cus Aldridge, stand­ing nearby. Aldridge had 17 points and 12 re­bounds to lead the Blaz­ers, but he missed a key jumper with 9.9 sec­onds to go in the game. That gave the War­riors a chance to win it on the other end, but Monta El­lis' long jumper with 0.8 sec­onds left was off and fell into the hands of Port­land swing­man Rudy Fer­nan­dez to end it.

"It sure felt good leav­ing my hand," El­lis said. "It wasn't a bad shot. It just didn't go down." Golden State was com­ing off a 108-99 vic­tory Tues­day over Min­nesota, which snapped a seven-game los­ing streak. The War­riors have dropped 13 of 15 over­all. -Ap

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