PORTLAND, Ore. – The late-game "M-V-P!" chants are now the norm in Portland for LaMarcus Aldridge, and the Trail Blazers' forward is putting up numbers worthy of such adulation.
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 latest victory came Thursday night against the Houston Rockets, 111-104. Aldridge had 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds, becoming the first Blazers player ever with 30 or more points and 25 or more rebounds.