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Blazers beat Nets 97-87 without Aldridge, Batum

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 28 points and 10 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 97-87 on Saturday night despite missing LaMarcus Aldridge.

With its All-Star power forward out with an upper respiratory illness, Portland took an early lead and maintained it against the road-weary Nets, who lost all three games on their western trip.

Reserve center Chris Kaman scored 12 for Portland, which was also missing Nicolas Batum (bruised knee). The Blazers have won four straight.

Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 21 points, matching up against twin brother Robin for the first time in two years. Joe Johnson added 20 points and Deron Williams had 19 for the Nets, who were coming off losses to Phoenix and Golden State.

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