WASHINGTON (AP) - The Portland Trail Blazers have had trouble on the road all season, and were coming off one of the low points the previous night. They got a much-needed win against one of the league's worst teams.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 10 rebounds as the Trail Blazers beat the Washington Wizards 110-99 on Saturday night to end a four-game road losing streak. Portland's skid included the first two games of their current seven-game road trip, including a 104-86 defeat at Boston on Friday night.
``Whenever you lose, especially the way we lost, we're blessed to have an opportunity to come back the next night,' said Portland's Jamal Crawford, who scored 23 points. ``Usually if you lose a game like last night, you sit on it for two or three days with the schedule the way it is.'
Aldridge shot 12 for 15 from the floor and 6 for 6 from the free-throw line, topping 20 points for the third straight game.
``I was just locked in tonight,' Aldridge said. ``I just felt good.'
Raymond Felton added 21 points - 10 in the fourth quarter - as the Trail Blazers improved to 6-14 on the road, compared to 14-7 at home.
John Wall had 25 points and eight assists, JaVale McGee scored 15 points and Chris Singleton added 12 for Washington. The Wizards were coming off a 106-101 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, but again failed to start a winning streak. Washington has only won consecutive games once this season.
``We couldn't get stops together when we needed to,' Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. ``We've got to become more committed defensively as a group. You've got to be able in that fourth quarter to put two, three, four stops in a row together to get over that hump, and I didn't think we could do that tonight.'
In addition to trying to stop their road woes, the Trail Blazers also came in looking for a measure of revenge for a 124-109 home loss to Washington on Feb. 14.
``There's a lot of motivation for this game,' Portland coach Nate McMillan said before the contest.
The Trail Blazers had the edge almost the entire game - they didn't trail after the first quarter - but couldn't pull away from the Wizards until late.
The Blazers finally wore down Washington in the fourth, opening up their first double-digit lead of the game. Felton converted a three-point play with 3:55 left to give Portland a 102-90 lead, and Gerald Wallace's layup with 2:49 left gave Portland their largest lead of the game, 106-93.
After two baskets by the Wizards, Crawford's 3-pointer with 1:19 gave the Trail Blazers a 109-97 lead and sealed the win.
``Basically, they got whatever they wanted,' Wall said.
Late in the second quarter, tempers briefly flared between the two teams. Portland center Marcus Camby was called for a flagrant 2 and ejected after getting tangled up with Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin as they fought for a rebound. Camby shoved Seraphin to the ground, and Seraphin got up and pushed Camby in the chest before the two were separated. Seraphin was also given a technical on the play.
``I really don't know why he got mad, because I boxed him out,' Seraphin said. ``I can't let people push me like that. I fell down, and I stand up and I said, `What's up?''
Camby said he thought Seraphin had his forearm on Camby's throat, and the Blazers' center let the frustration over the team's recent struggles get to him. Camby said he ``felt embarrassed' after the incident, but was surprised at the severity of the punishment.
``It's something I'm definitely going to send into the league, and see what happens from there,' Camby said.
NOTES: The Trail Blazers were a season-best 26 of 27 from the free-throw line. ... The Wizards were whistled for three defensive 3-second violation technical fouls.
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