LA Lakers 102-109 Miami Heat > see highlights
The Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-102 Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena in a game that had a similar storyline for Miami this season. The Heat (31-12) built a first-half, double-digit lead and then allowed the opponent to make a late run before hanging on for the win. It was most recently similar to the Heat’s victory against the Boston Celtics two nights ago.
Denver Nuggets 105-110 Portland Trail Blazers > see highlights
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 of his career-high 44 points in the second half — including Portland’s final 15 of the game — to give the Trail Blazers a 110-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night at the Moda Center. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Blazers (32-11), who had dropped the final two games of their recent four-game road trip.
Wesley Matthews scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half for Portland, which held Denver to 38 points in the second half and only 14 in the fourth quarter. Wilson Chandler led six players in double figures with 18 points for the Nuggets (20-21), who lost their third straight game.