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Matthews has 28 and the Trail Blazers beat the Wizards 116-103

  • Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, races down court after stealing the ball from Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, races down court after stealing the ball from Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, plays tight defense on Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, plays tight defense on Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, right, from France,  looks to pass as Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, right, from France, looks to pass as Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)  (The Associated Press)

Wesley Matthews had 28 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Washington Wizards 116-103 on Thursday night.

Damian Lillard added 23 points and 10 assists for the Blazers, who are still playing without injured All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge. Portland (45-24) remained in fifth place in the Western Conference with three victories in their last four games after a four-game losing streak.

The Wizards (35-33) have lost two straight to open four-game swing against the Western Conference while they vie for a playoff spot in the East to end a five-year absence.

John Wall had 24 points and 14 assists for Washington, which trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half.