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NBA: Portland 101, New Jersey 88

April 5, 2012 at 12:48 AM

PORTLAND, Ore., April 5 (UPI) -- LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 24 points Wednesday and the Trail Blazers went on a late run to down New Jersey 101-88.

Portland owned a 16-point lead in the third period but the Nets rallied to move in front by one with 6:33 to play in the final quarter.

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The Trail Blazers then closed the game on a 17-3 outburst to move within 3 1/2 games of the final post-season spot in the Western Conference.

Nicolas Batum added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Batum made four of Portland's 12 field goals from 3-point range, which were produced on 24 attempts.

Kyle Humphries scored 21 points for New Jersey while both Gerald Green and Anthony Morrow had 20 points off the bench.

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