The Stat Line Of The Night – 2/1/11 – LaMarcus Aldridge
Not many teams have had success against the San Antonio Spurs this season, and the odds appeared to be stacked against the Portland Trail Blazers last night. Playing without two key players in Brandon Roy and Greg Oden for most of the year, the Blazers have had a much more difficult time finding wins compared to a Spurs team that entered the game with a league best 40-7 record. However, the Blazers did have two key factors on their side: the hometown crowd and LaMarcus Aldridge.
The fourth-year forward out of Texas was unstoppable, recording a career-high 4o points to go along with 11 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists and a block. That performance led the way for the Blazers, who used a strong second half to beat the Spurs, 99-86. Aldridge was not only unstoppable at the offensive end of the court, but he also did an outstanding job guarding Tim Duncan at the defensive end, limiting him to just 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting.
With the NBA set to announce the remaining All-Stars for this year’s festivities, Aldridge’s career game couldn’t have come at a better time. You would think a season average of 21 points per game to go along with 9 rebounds and 2 assists would be enough to earn him a spot. If it wasn’t, a 40-point effort against the best team in the league should help. It was enough to earn him our “Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, February 1, 2011.