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Blazers vs. Suns Final Score: 108-87; Portland Wins Sloppy Affair Over Phoenix

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The Blazers overcame an awful night shooting to topple the Phoenix Suns Thursday night.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Nicolas Batum had 20 points and 7 assists, LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame an awful night shooting threes to get revenge on the Phoenix Suns, 108-87, Thursday night at Moda Center.

Both teams started the game slowly, with Portland missing eight of its first ten shots, and Phoenix missing six of their first eight.  The Blazers recovered quickly, but the Suns went on a turnover spree, committing eight in the period.  Portland used Phoenix's miscues to grab an early 12 point advantage.  LaMarcus Aldridge and Batum each had six in the period to lead the Blazers.  The 15 points scored by the Suns were the fewest Portland has allowed in the first quarter since the Orlando Magic scored 13 January 10th.

Portland extended their lead to as far as 19 in the second quarter, but both teams suffered an abysmal shooting period.  CJ McCollum had 10 in the period on 4-of-6 shooting, but the rest of the team shot just 3-of-13 from the field.  Damian Lillard, Batum, and Wesley Matthews combined to shoot 1-of-9.  Phoenix shot just 9-of-25, but closed the gap to 11 at halftime.

The Blazers entered meltdown mode in the third quarter, allowing a 16-4 Phoenix run.  Their nightmarish night shooting the three continued, as they shot 1-of-9 from long range in the period.  Phoenix briefly seized a one point advantage, but Batum fought back for Portland.  He led the team in scoring in the period with five, and the Blazers held a one point lead after three.

Portland went for business as usual in the fourth quarter at home this season, shutting off the meltdown switch.  The Blazers hit more threes in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter than they had the previous three quarters, with Steve Blake leading the charge.  The Blazers ran their lead out to as many as 25 to close out the game.

During the fourth, Aldridge recorded his tenth rebound for his 24th double-double of the season, and the 220th of his career, passing Sidney Wicks for the most career double doubles in Portland Trail Blazers history.

McCollum led the bench scoring with 12.  Meyers Leonard had 8 points and 8 rebounds off the bench.  Robin Lopez had 11 points and 12 rebounds in his second game back from a broken hand.  Lillard shot 0-of-5 from three, and is shooting 2-of-30 from three over his last three games.

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