Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) posts up against Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario (42) during the fourth quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports
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Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge reversed his previous decision to have thumb surgery and turned out for the Trail Blazers Saturday, helping them to a 103-96 win against Washington.Aldridge had said he was expected to miss from six to eight weeks for ligament surgery, but just hours before the game, the Blazers announced the three-time All-Star would play.He had 26 points and nine rebounds while Damian Lillard added 20 points and seven assists for the Blazers, who had to work hard to see off the persistent Wizards. Zach Randolph had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Jeff Green scored 18 for the Grizzlies, who led by 25 points in the second half before resting their starters in the fourth quarter.
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