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Sports

Heat hope to get back on track, host Portland


It  was  the Trail Blazers' worst loss  of the season.  Damian Lillard had 20 points,  Dorell Wright  scored 17  and Wesley  Matthews ended  with 15  in the defeat for Portland.

"We  have to do a better job, but overall, they just played a better game than us,"  said Lillard, who  has scored at least 20 points in eight straight games and is averaging 24.0 ppg in that time.

The Blazers again played without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge because of back  ailment  and he is  out for Monday's  game. Aldridge hasn't played since March 12 and is averaging 23.4 points and 11.1 rebounds.

Portland,  losers  in six of nine  games overall, is  1-5 in its last six road games,  19-16  outside the Rose  City and will  also visit Orlando, Atlanta on Chicago on the trip.

The Heat have won two straight and three of four games against Portland, which is 4-1 in its last five trips to south Florida.


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