Trail Blazers vs Heat Tuesday, 03/08/11 AT 04:30PM

Trail Blazers Bring The Heat In Miami

  1. Written by: ShalamarClark  / avg. rating: 5.0

    The Portland Trail Blazers were the only ones shining in the “Sunshine State” after Tuesday’s 105-96 win over the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

    After sweeping Orlando on Monday, LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland (37-27) the following night with 26 points and four rebounds to stretch the Trail Blazers’ streak to four games and seven straight wins on the road.

    Gerald Wallace led all bench scoring with 22 points, nine rebounds and two steals as Portland reached its longest road streak since the 1990-91 season, when the team won nine consecutive games.

    Wesley Matthews, who scored 10 points with two 3-pointers, helped drop Miami to a season-high five straight losses after sinking an off-balance three with one second on the shot clock and 1:34 left in play.

    Andre Miller, who scored 14 points, five assist, three rebounds and a steal, hit a jumper and Wallace drove in a lay-up and made a free throw in the fourth to complete a 12-3 run for an 84-77 lead.

    LeBron James, who scored a double-double with 31 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, capped a 9-2 run for Miami (43-21) after throwing down a rattling dunk to come within 91-89 with 4:35.

    Wallace used a spin move down the lane on James to score the lay-in, but Dwayne Wade, who led all scorers with 38 points, six rebounds and five assists, answered with floater on the other end.

    Brandon Roy’s 3-pointer and Miller’s drive extended Portland’s lead back to seven with 2:52. Roy ended with 14 points, including three 3-pointers.

    Miller came up with a big defensive stop after getting fouled on a moving screen from Chris Bosh, who had seven points and four rebounds.

    Aldridge’s turnaround jumper cushioned the Trail Blazers to a nine-point lead, but Wade drilled a three to climb back 103-94 with two minutes remaining.

    That’s when Portland looked for a good possession, but the Heat aggressively defended any open shot. 

    With a defender in his face, Matthews dribbled the ball around Bosh behind the arc with the shot clock winding down and nailed the contested three that paced to the win.

    Aldridge went head-to-head with James in the third quarter, where he scored 10 of the Trail Blazers' 20 points in the period.

    Portland outscored Miami 32-36 in the second quarter as Roy came off the bench and worked for eight points after hitting consecutive threes.

    The Heat shot 58 percent in the opening quarter, while the Trail Blazers also reached the 51-percent mark. 

    Nicolas Batum ended with 11 points and four rebounds for Portland, while the Heat’s Mario Chalmers added 10 points and four assists.

    Both teams ended with 51 percent shooting from the floor, but Portland forced Miami to 14 turnovers, which the team converted into 20 points. 

    The Trail Blazers outscored the Heat’s bench 41-8, and outrebounded them 34-31 with a 12-6 edge on the offensive glass.

    The Trail Blazers will head to Charlotte and look to sweep the Bobcats for the second year in a row on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 PM.

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