For the first time since the 1990-91 season the Portland Trail Blazers have the best record in the entire NBA.
Damian Lillard came spinning down the lane at the end of overtime and was blanketed by Rodney Stuckey, leaving Portland's guard had no choice but to fade to his right for a last-ditch shot.
The two-time All-Star is averaging a career-high 23.5 points and 10.6 rebounds. He's leading the way for a surprising Portland team that sits atop the Western Conference with a 19-4 record. It's the Blazers' best start since they opened the 1990-91 season 21-2.
The fan favorite is having a breakout year despite his injuries.
"This was a 'we needed a win' night for me," said LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds in the Trail Blazers' 111-104 victory.
Wesley Matthews scored 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points and 15 rebounds for the surging Blazers, who have won four straight and 15 of 16.
As time wound down in the Trail Blazers' victory over the Oklahoma City, LaMarcus Aldridge was showered with shouts of "MVP! MVP!" from the Portland fans.
He cut a check for $34,712 to Multnomah County on Friday, said county spokesman David Austin.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Portland downed Indiana 106-102 Monday night, snapping the Pacers' seven-game winning streak.
Portland's enormous fourth-quarter lead dwindled to a single point before the Trail Blazers finally figured out how hold off the Los Angeles Lakers' patchwork lineup.
Goran Dragic scored 31 points, Channing Frye added 25 and the Phoenix Suns used their up-tempo style to recover from a poor start and beat Portland 120-106 Wednesday night and snap the Trail Blazers' 11-game winning streak.
Portland's 11th straight victory came on Monday night when the Blazers beat the slumping New York Knicks 102-91. It is Portland's longest winning streak since it won 13 in a row in December 2007.
One night after rallying from 21 down to beat the Chicago Bulls 98-95, Portland again had to play from behind, but rode a big fourth quarter from Aldridge to keep the winning streak going.
Derrick Rose injured his right knee Friday night and the Chicago Bulls star, who sat out last season following surgery on his other knee, did not return during a 98-95 loss to the streaking Portland Trail Blazers.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points, Damian Lillard added 19 and the Trail Blazers got their eighth straight win, beat the Bucks 91-82 Wednesday night.