Aldridge, Trail Blazers hold off Warriors 96-95
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