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Aldridge has 31, Portland beats Detroit 112-101

Sunday - 3/17/2013, 12:52am  ET

Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, right, is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard while going to the hoop during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 12 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Detroit Pistons their eighth straight loss with a 112-101 victory on Saturday night.

Rodney Stuckey had a season-high 32 points for the Pistons, who have yet to win a game in March. They've lost 11 of their last 12.

After trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half, the Blazers took a 90-81 lead on Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer with 8:33 remaining in the game. Portland extended the lead to 99-87 on J.J. Hickson's dunk.

The Pistons went on a 12-2 run to close within 99-97 on Will Bynum's running jumper with 2:54 left, but Batum answered with another 3-pointer. After Stuckey made a layup, Aldridge's hook shot ended Detroit's threat and put the Blazers in front 104-99 with 1:45 left.


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