Lillard's 36 spoil Aldridge's return as Blazers top Spurs

Spurs 9-game home win streak snapped by Blazers

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SAN ANTONIO – On a night when LaMarcus Aldridge returned after missing the two previous games with heart arrhythmia, it was not the return he or his teammates were hoping for against the Portland Trailblazers.

San Antonio had several chances at the end but could not pull it out and lost to the Blazers, 110-106. 

Despite the loss, Aldridge said he was happy to be back on the court after missing the last two game with minor heart arrhythmia.

"Feel good, it felt good to be back out there, but we didn't get a win so that is kind of tough to deal with,"Aldridge said.

The Spurs power forward was able to log 32 minutes, but he did struggle with his shot going 9 for 24 and scoring 19 points along with grabbing 7 rebounds.

"I felt like my rhythm was good early then I think my touch was off around the rim, that kind of bothered me,"Aldridge said. "It's the first game back so I will be better."

The arrhythmia is something that Aldridge has been dealing with since his first year in the league, he has had a couple of episodes before.

He did not want to go into detail as to exactly what he felt last week in Oklahoma City. "It's just an off feeling," said Aldridge. He also said there is a system in place.

"There's been a protocol put in place if I feel something changed, I felt like something had changed, so we did the research I went and saw some people, I'm fine." 

Aldridge did say he was worried he would be out for a while since it is such a serious matter.

Aldridge repeated several times,"I am good to go, I am safe I'm healthy I'm good to go."

Unfortunately the Spurs were not good to go from the start against Portland.

"Can't wait till the last four of five minutes to try to play aggressive, or defense and then try to get after it," said Danny Green. 

When it was said and done Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 62 points. Lillard 36 points, and CJ McCollum, 26 points.

That loss means the Spurs are now a full game behind the Golden State Warriors for the top spot in the West.

The game was back and forth all night long. There were 21 lead changes, the Blazers didn't get their biggest lead of the night until 6:03 left in the game when they went up seven.

Kawhi Leonard had 34 points his 25th game this season of 30 or more points.

The Spurs travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies Saturday night then back home to host Sacramento Sunday.


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