Aldridge, Blazers run past Mavs, win streak at 5

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DALLAS (AP) - The Portland Trail Blazers no longer are chasing the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA’s Western Conference.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds, and the Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 127-111 on Saturday night to pull even with the Spurs at 31-9.

The Trail Blazers have won five consecutive games, including a 109-100 victory at San Antonio on Friday.

“I was really proud of the way our team played, especially on the heels of an emotional win in San Antonio,” coach Terry Stotts said. “Our resolve, defensively, I thought was very good and got us into a position to have a large lead.”

The lead reached 38 points at 111-73 with 9:43 to play. A 25-2 surge against Portland’s bench brought Dallas within 15 points with 4:38 remaining before the starters returned to restore order.

The Trail Blazers, the NBA’s highest-scoring team, reached 30 points in the first quarter for the 14th time in 2013-14, and 100 points in three quarters for the fourth time.

“We are just playing great basketball right now,” Aldridge said. “Whenever guys guard the way they can, this team is good.”

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 18 points in 21 minutes.

All five Portland starters scored in double figures, and Aldridge, Robin Lopez and Damian Lillard (14 points, 10 assists) each recorded a double-double.

“The first three quarters were beyond embarrassing,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “We were poor on offense, too. We weren’t playing together. We weren’t helping each other.

“You do that against a high-level quality team like Portland, they’re going to make you pay a heavy price.”

Portland outrebounded Dallas 55-30, scored 60 points in the paint and had 22 second-chance points.

Nicolas Batum shot 6 for 7 and scored 15 of his 21 points in the first quarter as the Trail Blazers opened a 35-23 lead.

“They were double-teaming LaMarcus,” Batum said, “so the other four guys around him moved around to get open. We’re a shooting team.”

Portland shot 51 percent (46 for 90) for the game, including 59 percent (26 for 44) for a 71-52 halftime lead.

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