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Aldridge leads Blazers over the Nets 101-88

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 4 2012 10:35 p.m. MDT

New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson shouts to his team in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Portland, Ore.

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and nine rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied after surrendering the lead to New Jersey in the fourth quarter for a 101-88 victory over the Nets on Wednesday night.

Nic Batum added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter before a late surge put New Jersey in front in the fourth.

Portland's turnaround came when Kris Humphries was called for goaltending on J.J. Hickson, making it 86-85 for the Blazers with 5:16 left. Batum added a 3-pointer to extend it and New Jersey never recovered.

Humphries had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets (19-37), who were coming off a 91-87 loss to the Lakers the night before.

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