LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 18 rebounds, and Wesley
Matthews added 21 for the Blazers, who had not reached the
playoffs since 2011.
Portland, who are fifth in the Western Conference with a 50-28
record, finished near the bottom of the standings the previous
two campaigns before breaking out this season.
Behind second-year coach Terry Stotts, and the emergence of last
year's Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, the Blazers have
emerged as a Western Conference factor.
(Reporting Jahmal Corner; editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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