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                     === Trail Blazers ease past Pacers ===
 
 Portland,  OR  (Sports Network) - LaMarcus  Aldridge scored 27 points and J.J.
 Hickson  recorded a  double-double, as the Portland Trail Blazers ended a six-
 game losing streak with a convincing 100-80 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
 
 The  Blazers  shot 56  percent from  the field  against the league's stingiest
 defense  and  had all five starters  score in double figures. Hickson finished
 with  14  points and 13 rebounds,  Damian Lillard netted 20 points and Nicolas
 Batum and Wesley Matthews each had 10.
 
 "I  thought  guys  made shots.  I  thought  we  set  good screens.  I  thought
 everything was good," Aldridge said.
 
 Paul  George  and David  West logged  22 and 21  points, respectively, for the
 Pacers, who were coming off a road win at Memphis on Monday.
 
 Aldridge  shot  7-of-8 for 14  points in the  second quarter, which included a
 personal  8-0 run that  featured a hook shot, a step-back jumper and a pair of
 20-footers that helped the Blazers extend their 20-17 lead entering the second
 to 44-32 heading to the locker room.
 
 Aldridge  continued  to keep Portland  in front with  a three-point play and a
 dunk  during a 7-0  surge midway through the third quarter, and the hosts led,
 70-59, entering the fourth.
 
 Portland  had  played 10  games in  a row decided  by six  points or less, but
 buckets  by Will Barton, Matthews and Lillard to open the final stanza made it
 a 17-point game.
 
 The closest Indiana got from there was 11.
 
 "They  played a  little more desperate than  we did. I thought we just weren't
 there  for one another on the defensive end," said West. "We know we're better
 than that defensively."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Pacers, who  came in  giving up  89.1 points  per game,  had not  allowed
 triple-digits  since  a 109-100 loss  to the Hawks on  Dec. 29 ... Indiana was
 looking  for a  seventh straight win against a Western Conference opponent ...
 The Pacers shot 38 percent from the floor.
 
 
 01/24 02:37:49 ET