Aldridge, Trail Blazers keep Heat in a freefall

MIAMI — LaMarcus Aldridge proved LeBron James right.

The Heat could have done without that confirmation.

Shortly after James called Aldridge one of the top All-Star "snubs" in NBA history, Aldridge had 26 points and led the Blazers to a 105-96 win that sent Miami to its fifth straight loss.

Gerald Wallace scored 22 for Portland, which won its seventh straight on the road and fourth straight overall. Brandon Roy and Andre Miller each scored 14 for the Blazers.

Dwyane Wade had 38 points and James added 31 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Heat, the 12th team in history to have a 12-game winning streak and five-game losing streak in the same season.

Chris Bosh was held to seven points on 3-of-11 shooting.

The Blazers' bench outscored Miami's 41-8, more than enough to keep the Heat's doldrums going strong. It gets no easier for Miami: The two-time defending champion Lakers, winners of a league-high eight straight, come in Thursday night.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kobe Bryant had 26 points to pass Moses Malone for sixth on the career list with 27,432, and the visiting Lakers beat the Hawks 101-87 for their eighth straight win.

CONCUSSION POLICY: The NBA is consulting with an independent neurologist and may establish a league-wide policy for handling concussions by next season, league spokesman Tim Frank confirmed. In the past four weeks, six players have missed games because of concussions or concussion-like symptoms.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Nuggets coach George Karl signed a three-year extension, a deal that had been in the works for months but took a back seat to the season-long negotiations to trade Carmelo Anthony, who was dealt to the Knicks two weeks ago. … Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan signed a two-year extension. McMillan has taken Portland to the playoffs twice and is in position to do so again this season. … Atlanta nightclub Opera is suing the Heat's James, accusing him of reneging on a promise to make a one-hour appearance later this month. … Timberwolves forward Kevin Love missed practice because of a bruised left knee but is expected to play tonight. … Wizards forward Andray Blatche left the game against the Bucks with a sprained right shoulder.

Trail Blazers 105, Heat 96

PORTLAND (105): Batum 4-5 3-3 11, Aldridge 11-20 4-4 26, Camby 1-6 1-1 3, A.Miller 6-8 2-2 14, Matthews 3-7 2-2 10, Wallace 8-14 5-6 22, Fernandez 1-6 0-0 3, Roy 5-8 1-1 14, Mills 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 40-79 18-19 105.

MIAMI (96): James 14-20 1-4 31, Bosh 3-11 1-1 7, Dampier 1-2 0-0 2, Chalmers 4-7 1-1 10, Wade 12-21 12-13 38, M.Miller 1-7 0-0 2, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Bibby 2-4 0-0 6, Ilgauskas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-72 15-19 96.

Portland 25 32 20 28— 105

Miami 25 26 24 21— 96

3-Point GoalsPortland 7-17 (Roy 3-3, Matthews 2-3, Fernandez 1-4, Wallace 1-4, Batum 0-1, Mills 0-2), Miami 7-22 (Bibby 2-4, James 2-4, Wade 2-8, Chalmers 1-4, M.Miller 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 39 (Wallace 9), Miami 40 (James 11). AssistsPortland 21 (Matthews, A.Miller 5), Miami 20 (James 8). Total FoulsPortland 16, Miami 21. TechnicalsA.Miller. A19,835 (19,600).

Lakers 101, Hawks 87

L.A. LAKERS (101): Artest 3-8 1-2 7, Gasol 6-16 2-2 14, Bynum 8-10 0-0 16, Fisher 4-8 2-2 11, Bryant 8-18 9-11 26, Odom 5-8 2-2 12, Barnes 1-1 2-2 5, Blake 1-3 0-0 3, Brown 3-7 0-0 7. Totals 39-79 18-21 101.

ATLANTA (87): Williams 1-5 2-2 4, Jos.Smith 6-13 2-5 16, Horford 8-16 0-0 17, Hinrich 5-10 0-0 12, Johnson 4-14 2-2 11, Crawford 2-8 4-4 9, Pachulia 3-8 2-2 8, Wilkins 4-6 2-2 10, Teague 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 33-83 14-17 87.

L.A. Lakers 29 28 24 20— 101

Atlanta 25 24 16 22— 87

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 5-12 (Blake 1-1, Barnes 1-1, Fisher 1-2, Brown 1-2, Bryant 1-4, Artest 0-2), Atlanta 7-22 (Jos.Smith 2-4, Hinrich 2-5, Horford 1-1, Crawford 1-5, Johnson 1-5, Wilkins 0-1, Teague 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 49 (Bynum 16), Atlanta 47 (Pachulia 10). AssistsL.A. Lakers 27 (Gasol 5), Atlanta 21 (Jos.Smith 6). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 15, Atlanta 17. A19,890 (18,729).

Bucks 95, Wizards 76

MILWAUKEE (95): Delfino 5-11 3-3 15, Mbah a Moute 0-3 1-2 1, Bogut 7-13 0-2 14, Jennings 10-20 0-0 23, Salmons 7-14 6-6 22, Sanders 2-7 2-3 6, Dooling 4-9 2-2 12, Brockman 0-0 0-0 0, Boykins 1-4 0-0 2, Douglas-Roberts 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-82 14-18 95.

WASHINGTON (76): Evans 5-11 0-0 11, Blatche 0-1 0-0 0, McGee 4-9 1-5 9, Wall 4-17 2-4 10, Young 5-13 0-1 10, Booker 4-9 0-0 8, Seraphin 0-4 1-2 1, Crawford 9-17 3-3 22, N'diaye 0-0 1-2 1, Shakur 0-1 0-0 0, Yi 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 32-85 10-19 76.

Milwaukee 22 29 24 20— 95

Washington 21 15 16 24— 76

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 9-23 (Jennings 3-9, Dooling 2-4, Delfino 2-4, Salmons 2-5, Douglas-Roberts 0-1), Washington 2-12 (Evans 1-1, Crawford 1-5, Shakur 0-1, Wall 0-1, Young 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 47 (Bogut 9), Washington 65 (McGee 13). AssistsMilwaukee 24 (Bogut 7), Washington 17 (Wall 7). Total FoulsMilwaukee 18, Washington 16. A16,190 (20,173).

76ers 110, Pacers 100

PHILADELPHIA (110): Iguodala 7-13 0-1 16, Brand 5-11 2-2 12, Hawes 6-9 0-1 12, Holiday 8-13 0-0 16, Meeks 4-8 5-6 15, Speights 2-8 0-0 4, Young 9-13 0-0 18, Turner 3-8 3-4 10, Williams 3-9 0-1 7. Totals 47-92 10-15 110.

INDIANA (100): Granger 4-11 3-3 11, McRoberts 1-7 3-4 5, Hibbert 3-8 7-8 13, Collison 4-7 1-1 10, Rush 2-2 0-0 4, George 2-4 2-3 6, Hansbrough 11-14 4-4 26, D.Jones 4-6 2-2 11, Stephenson 1-3 0-0 2, Price 3-10 5-6 12. Totals 35-72 27-31 100.

Philadelphia 34 31 19 26— 110

Indiana 23 30 17 30— 100

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 6-16 (Iguodala 2-3, Meeks 2-6, Turner 1-1, Williams 1-4, Holiday 0-2), Indiana 3-11 (Collison 1-1, D.Jones 1-2, Price 1-4, Stephenson 0-1, Granger 0-3). Fouled OutPrice. ReboundsPhiladelphia 45 (Young 9), Indiana 46 (George 10). AssistsPhiladelphia 24 (Iguodala 10), Indiana 13 (D.Jones 4). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 26, Indiana 22. TechnicalsIndiana defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—D.Jones. A9,466 (18,165).

Warriors 95, Cavaliers 85

GOLDEN STATE (95): Wright 3-9 1-2 7, Lee 6-16 2-2 14, Udoh 2-4 0-0 4, Curry 10-18 1-1 23, Ellis 9-21 0-0 24, Law 1-4 0-0 2, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Biedrins 1-1 0-0 2, Amundson 2-4 0-0 4, Thornton 3-3 3-3 9, Radmanovic 2-5 2-2 6. Totals 39-86 9-10 95.

CLEVELAND (85): Gee 2-7 0-0 4, Samuels 5-14 1-2 11, Hickson 3-11 4-4 10, Sessions 2-9 4-4 8, Parker 2-9 1-2 6, Gibson 1-5 0-0 3, Eyenga 3-7 2-2 8, Davis 7-14 3-4 19, Hollins 6-8 2-3 14, Graham 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 31-85 19-23 85.

Golden State 18 29 29 19— 95

Cleveland 30 16 19 20— 85

3-Point GoalsGolden State 8-18 (Ellis 6-9, Curry 2-5, Radmanovic 0-1, Williams 0-1, Wright 0-2), Cleveland 4-18 (Davis 2-4, Parker 1-4, Gibson 1-4, Samuels 0-1, Eyenga 0-2, Gee 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 51 (Lee 14), Cleveland 55 (Samuels 9). AssistsGolden State 21 (Ellis 7), Cleveland 18 (Davis 6). Total FoulsGolden State 17, Cleveland 16. TechnicalsCleveland defensive three second. A19,919 (20,562).

Aldridge, Trail Blazers keep Heat in a freefall 03/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 11:11pm]

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