LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers downed Indiana 106-102, snapping the Pacers’ NBA win streak at seven games Monday despite a career-high 43 points by Paul George.
Damian Lillard added 26 points for Portland and Aldridge contributed 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who matched San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference at 15-3 with their second win in a row after an 11-game win streak was ended Wednesday at Phoenix.
Indiana, which opened the season with nine wins in a row, fell to an NBA-best 16-2. The only other team in the Eastern Conference with a winning record is defending NBA champion Miami at 14-3.
The Pacers had 16 points and 14 rebounds from Roy Hibbert, 12 points from David West and 11 assists from George Hill but suffered their first defeat since falling 110-94 at Chicago on November 17.
George had 24 points in the first half, which ended with Indiana ahead 46-45, and he netted 17 points in the fourth quarter, when the Trail Blazers outscored the Pacers 34-30.
Farmar out injured
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be sidelined about four weeks with a torn left hamstring but Spanish big man Pau Gasol has only a mild right ankle sprain, the NBA club said Monday.
Farmar underwent an ultrasound test Monday to diagnose his problem while Gasol had an MRI exam to confirm his injury was not more serious.
Farmar suffered his injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s 114-108 home loss to Portland. In 18 games this season, Farmar is averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds.
In all, Farmar figures to miss about 13 games for the Lakers, returning around the time they have a New Year’s Eve home game against Milwaukee.
In 18 games this season, Gasol is averaging 14.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots.
The Lakers are 9-9, three games behind the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific division. They do not play again until Friday at Sacramento and the next Lakers home game is Sunday against Toronto.