PORTLAND, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the Trail Blazers two days after saying he was going to have thumb surgery and had 26 points and nine rebounds in a Portland's 103-96 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Damian Lillard added 20 points and seven assists as the Blazers snapped two-game losing streak.
Tied at 79 midway through the fourth quarter, Wesley Matthews made two 3-pointers that gave Portland an 87-85 with 3:28 left. Lillard's 3 extended the lead 92-85.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and Trey Burke had 19 off the bench as the Utah Jazz rolled to a 108-73 win over the reeling Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
Joe Ingles had a season-high 16 points and Dante Exum had 13 in his second straight start in front of Burke.
Jarrett Jack had 16 points and Mason Plumlee added 11 for the Nets, who have dropped three of four.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Zach Randolph had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Jeff Green scored 18 as the Memphis Grizzlies coasted to a 101-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
Vince Carter added 13 points as the Grizzlies (31-12) won their sixth in the last seven games.
Memphis led by as many as 25 in the second half, allowing coach Dave Joerger to rest his starters in the fourth quarter. Marc Gasol, selected as an All-Star starter, finished with nine points, as did point guard Mike Conley.
MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks made their coach proud with the way they moved the ball against the Detroit Pistons.
With a season-high 33 assists on 41 baskets, former All-Star point guard Jason Kidd loved the way that Milwaukee got open looks in a 101-86 victory on Saturday night.
"You know guys turned down a good shot to get a better shot for a teammate," Kidd said. "Make or miss that's what good teams do."
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brian Roberts believes the Charlotte Hornets are in good hands if Kemba Walker is out for any length of time.
The third-year point guard filled in for Walker and scored 17 points, and the Hornets beat the New York Knicks 76-71 Saturday night for their ninth victory in the last 11 games.
Roberts was 5 of 9 from the field and made all six free throws as the Hornets snapped the Knicks' three-game win streak.
MILWAUKEE -- Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings had to be helped to the locker room late in the third quarter of Saturday night's 101-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks with an apparent lower left leg injury.
Jennings fell to the floor while planting on his left leg while guarding an inbounds pass. He immediately clutched the leg above his sneakers while writhing on the floor in pain.
Play was stopped after the Bucks scored on the other end of the court with 1:03 left in the quarter. Jennings left with 16 points playing against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2009.
CLEVELAND -- Less than two weeks after being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dion Waiters was back in Cleveland on Saturday, preparing for Sunday's game against his former team.
While LeBron James acknowledged shortly after the trade, which ended up netting the Cavaliers J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert and a first-round pick it then used to acquire Timofey Mozgov, that it "didn't work out" with Waiters in Cleveland, the third-year guard doesn't consider himself a scapegoat for the Cavs' early-season struggles.
"That's what comes with it, man," Waiters said after going through drills at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday. "I've been through more fire than that before. I've been through tougher times than that. So, that's nothing to me.