Aldridge has 25 points, Blazers beat Pacers 97-92

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Jan. 22 2011 10:45 p.m. MST

PORTLAND, Ore. — Nicolas Batum hit four straight 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 97-92 on Saturday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won five straight despite being beset by injuries. Batum, who hit five of eight 3-point attempts, had 23 points.

Danny Granger scored 24 points for the Pacers, who have lost four straight. James Posey's 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left pulled Indiana within 95-92, but Wesley Matthews hit a pair of free throws to clinch it.

It was Portland's fifth straight victory over Indiana.

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