Aldridge’s 44 powers Blazers past Denver

Blazers center Robin Lopez, right, passes off to teammate Nicolas Batum as Denver forward Wilson Chandler defends in Portland,Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Blazers center Robin Lopez, right, passes off to teammate Nicolas Batum as Denver forward Wilson Chandler defends in Portland,Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had a career-high 44 points and 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied for a 110-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

Wesley Matthews added 24 points for the Blazers (32-11), who snapped a two-game losing streak coming off a 2-2 road trip. The Blazers have not lost three straight this season.

Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, right, drives on Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard in Portland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, right, drives on Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard in Portland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Wilson Chandler had 18 points for Denver (20-21), which has lost four of their last five games after a five-game winning streak.

The Blazers trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter before pulling to 91-90 on Matthews’ turnaround fadeaway before taking the lead on his 15-foot jumper.

The teams wrestled for control, but Aldridge’s jumper put Portland up a 102-99 with 3:08 left.

Chandler missed a jumper with 8 seconds left and Aldridge made more free throws for the final margin.

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