Blazers beat Nets for 7th consecutive win

first_imgNEW YORK — LaMarcus Aldridge was stunned, suddenly finding himself matched against a version of Kevin Garnett that hadn’t been seen yet in Brooklyn.“I think he had one of those flashbacks to when he was in Minnesota and I was coming in as a rookie,” Aldridge said.Just as quickly, the old Garnett reverted to just old, and the young Portland Trail Blazers ran right by the Brooklyn Nets.Aldridge scored 27 points, Wesley Matthews added 24 and Portland shot 54 percent in a 108-98 victory Monday night that extended its winning streak to seven.“This team is good. Guys can get going,” Aldridge said.Damian Lillard finished with 19 points and nine assists as the Trail Blazers withstood the Nets’ blistering start to win seven in a row in the same season for the first time since a 13-game run in December 2007.Portland (9-2) is just a half-game behind San Antonio and Indiana for the NBA’s best record. The Blazers will try to complete a perfect 4-0 road trip Wednesday at Milwaukee.Meanwhile, the Nets (3-7) remain one of the NBA’s biggest disappointments, shooting 9 of 41 (22 percent) in the second half. Garnett made all six shots in Brooklyn’s 40-point first period, then went 2 for 13 from there to finish with a season-high 16 points.last_img

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