LaMarcus Aldridge quietly celebrates another score against Denver.The Trail Blazers had surprising trouble Thursday night getting over the hangover of their recent four-game trip, and it almost cost them.

But the Blazers responded down the stretch to defeat the Denver Nuggets 110-105 at Moda Center and snap a two-game skid.

The reason?

A big one was that LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 44 points.

  • Tribune photos/Jonathan House

  • Damian Lillard enjoys the pre-game atmosphere.

  • Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen (left) shares a moment with TNT's Craig Sager.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge takes a Nuggets defender to the hoop.

  • Nicolas Batum drives up the court.

  • Robin Lopez works for a shot.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge pulls down a rebound.

  • Denver's Ty Lawson looks for an open teammate against Damian Lillard.

  • Wilson Chandler of the Nuggets gets a rebound.

  • Nate Robinson puts up a jumper for Denver.

  • Denver coach Brian Shaw argues a call.

  • Wesley Matthews finds something amusing.

  • Mo Williams gets off a closely contested shot.

  • Damian Lillard steals the ball.

  • Damian Lillard finishes with a slam.

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