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LaMarcus Aldridge has 31 points and 25 rebounds to lead Trail Blazers over Rockets, 111-104

  • Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones, left, defends against Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones, left, defends against Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) shoots against Portland Trail Blazers'  Damian Lillard (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore.,Thursday Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) shoots against Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore.,Thursday Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) looks to pass  against Portland Trail Blazers'  Damian Lillard (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore.,Thursday Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) looks to pass against Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore.,Thursday Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)  (The Associated Press)

LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds, prompting Portland fans to chant "MVP! MVP!" during the Trail Blazers' 111-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Robin Lopez added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who sit atop the Western Conference standings at 19-4.

Dwight Howard had 32 points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who beat the Blazers 116-101 on Nov. 5. That was one of just two losses at home this season for Portland.

The Trail Blazers led by 10 early in the fourth quarter, but Chandler Parsons hit a 3-pointer to narrow it to 93-88 with 7:07 left. Houston closed to 97-95 after James Harden made a layup and a free throw with 4:45 to go.