Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts once again leaned heavily on his bench in the absence of injured power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, getting a big night from his reserves in a 116-103 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Shooting guard Wesley Matthews headed the Blazers' offense with 28 points, including four 3-pointers, but seven reserves - including Spanish forward Victor Claver - also played a major role in the win, combining for 30 points Thursday night at the Moda Center in Portland.
Point guard Damian Lillard pitched in with 23 points and 10 assists for the Blazers, who have bounced back from a four-game losing streak to win three of their last four.
Aldridge, the Blazers' three-time All Star, has missed all four of those contests due to a back injury.
Power forward Dorell Wright and French small forward Nicolas Batum scored 15 and 12, respectively, to complete the list of four Portland players in double figures. Batum also had 14 rebounds on the night.
Claver, meanwhile, scored seven points on 2-of-5 shooting in 19 minutes of action off the bench and also was a major contributor on the boards with six rebounds.
The Blazers improved to 45-24 and currently are in fifth place in the Western Conference standings, while the Wizards, who were led by John Wall's 24 points and 14 assists, fell to 35-33. EFE