Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/14

Game 1: Tuesday, February 14th
Trail Blazers109
Game 2: Saturday, March 10th
Trail Blazers110Final

Wizards 124

(7-22, 3-10 away)

Trail Blazers 109

(15-14, 11-4 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    10:00 PM ET, February 14, 2012

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 28 30 33 33124
    POR 26 20 36 27109

    Top Performers

    WSH: J. Wall 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Por: N. Batum 33 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Nick Young has season-high 35 points, John Wall has 29 points and nine assists vs. Blazers

    Associated Press

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Washington Wizards are turning into road warriors.

    Nick Young scored a season-high 35 points, John Wall added 29 points and nine assists, and the Wizards beat the Portland Trail Blazers 124-109 on Tuesday night for their second straight road win.

    Jordan Crawford added 21 points for Washington, which put together its best game of the season, shooting 60 percent from the field and 52 percent on 3-pointers. Young was 7-of-8 from behind the arc.

    "It just felt good getting those 3s knocked down," Young said. "We were all jelling off each other. I feel like we are turning into a good team."

    Nicolas Batum tied a career high with 33 points for the Blazers (15-14), who lost All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge to an ankle injury early in the game. Gerald Wallace had 25 points and eight assists, and Marcus Camby added 13 points and 12 rebounds.

    Aldridge was hurt less than two minutes into the game when he landed on Trevor Booker's foot, let out a cry and fell to the ground holding his ankle. The power forward was helped off the court and did not return, although the team reported that X-rays were negative.

    "I think when he went down, the life went out of us," Camby said. "It's sad but true."

    The Wizards (7-22) were coming off an electrifying comeback win over Detroit in which they had a 39-10 second-half run.

    "It shows that we can definitely compete with anybody," Crawford said. "We just have to do it tonight."

    Portland had lost its previous two at the Rose Garden after starting the season 11-1 at home. The Blazers had a demoralizing 97-94 double-overtime loss to Dallas on Saturday that led to widespread criticism of Portland's starting guards, Wesley Matthews and Raymond Felton, who combined for 16 points on 7-of-27 shooting.

    One day after icily defending his rotation to the media, Portland coach Nate McMillan started Batum in place of Felton. The 6-foot-9 Batum responded quickly, scoring 11 points in the first quarter.

    However, Portland looked deflated after losing Aldridge. The Wizards dominated the boards, and Young, Wall and Crawford punished a sagging Blazers defense both from outside and with dribble penetration. The Wizards led 58-46 at the half.

    "There was no defense," McMillan said. "We didn't control the ball at all tonight."

    The Blazers put together two small runs but never seriously contested the lead. Portland cut the lead to seven but the Wizards made nine straight shots, with Young hitting back-to-back 3-pointers and Wall going coast to coast to put the Wizards up 78-63 with 6:55 left in the third.

    Wallace scored eight straight points for Portland to cut the lead to 115-107 with 2:30 left in the game, but Young knocked down another 3 and JaVale McGee dunked to put the game out of reach.

    Game notes

    Portland last lost three in a row at home between March 29 and April 6, 2008. ... McGee had his 10th double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. ... The Wizards are 5-7 under coach Randy Wittman, who replaced Flip Saunders after a 2-15 start.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 124 109
    FGM-FGA 48-80 (.600) 40-85 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 9-17 (.529) 7-23 (.304)
    FTM-FTA 19-23 (.826) 22-27 (.815)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-43 12-31
    Assists 21 26
    Turnovers 16 11
    Steals 8 9
    Blocks 5 1
    Fast Break Points 12 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 15 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 17 6

    Top Performers

    John Wall Wall
    Points: 29
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Nicolas Batum Batum
    Points: 33
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1