Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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The Portland Trail Blazers are in a much less enviable position than the San Antonio Spurs, though they played to the Southwest Division leaders' level in a tough loss last month. Both teams may look different this time around. Portland could be without Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews for a second straight game Thursday night when it hosts San Antonio, which is coming off its first loss in December. The Blazers (9-12) are in last place in the Northwest Division and had dropped six of their last eight games before a 92-74 victory over Toronto on Monday. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds for Portland, which earned the win despite setting an NBA record for most 3-point attempts without a make by going 0 for 20. "I don't want to break records like that,'' Aldridge said. J.J. Hickson added 16 points and 11 rebounds. "It felt great to know we could be down a couple of players and still get the win,'' Hickson said. "We knew we were going to have to play ext...
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