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Blazers missing in action at Washington

WASHINGTON WIZARDS 100, Portland Trail Blazers 90

Monday night, Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., 13,259 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

All the highlights for Portland were in the first half, when they stayed with the Wizards, trailing 56-55 at the half after shooting 61 percent from the field.

WHAT IT MEANS

Portland is off to a slow start to a four-game, six-day trip. It was the Blazers' first road loss to an Eastern Conference team, and the team's fourth road defeat in a row.

The Blazers fell to 34-14, while the Wizards improved to 24-23 (above .500 for the first time in more than four years).

TOP PERFORMERSLILLARD

• Damian Lillard had 13 of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, keeping Portland afloat, although the Blazers never threatened after a dismal third quarter, in which they were outscored 26-14.

Lillard also had eight assists and six rebounds.

• LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 10 rebounds, with six assists. And Nicolas Batum had 18 points.

KEY STATS

• Portland's shooting fell off to 30 percent from the field after halftime. And the Blazers were 5 of 19 from 3-point range.

• The Blazers bench totaled six points in 54 minutes, with the four reserves who saw action combining to shoot 3 of 14 from the floor. The Wizards got 26 points from their subs.

• It was the ninth time in the last 10 games that Portland's opponent has scored 100 or more points.

• Sixteen turnovers — to Washington's six — hurt the Blazers, as well.

NEXT

The Blazers play 5 p.m. PT Wednesday at the New York Knicks (ESPN).