Now the Trail Blazers appear to have a good chance to keep it going as they try to hand the Boston Celtics their eighth straight loss Saturday night.
After dropping four of six in their worst stretch of the season, Portland (27-9) bounced back with a 110-94 victory over Orlando on Wednesday -- the first of three straight at home against Eastern Conference teams with losing records.
Aldridge, averaging 29.7 points over his last three games, stepped up with his second- highest point total of the season. He scored 36 on 16-of-25 shooting to help the Blazers pull even with Oklahoma City atop the Northwest Division.
Batum also came up big with 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists for his fourth career triple-double. The small forward has pulled down 31 boards in his last three games despite breaking his finger in a loss to Philadelphia on Jan. 4.
"I've said it many times about Nic -- he's very versatile and he does a lot of things," coach Terry Stotts said. "When he stays aggressive, good things happen."
After allowing a season-high 123 points in Tuesday's loss at Sacramento, Stotts' club held an opponent under 40.0 percent shooting for the first time since Nov. 22.
The Blazers seek their third straight win over the reeling Celtics (13-24) before they face Cleveland (13-23) on Wednesday.
Boston, which is 0-4 on a five-game trip, could be getting help soon. All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, who is rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee, said Friday that he hopes to make his season debut before the All-Star break.
In the meantime, the Celtics are trying to avoid their longest losing streak since an 18-game skid during the 2006-07 season after Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead jumper with 2.1 seconds left Friday to give Golden State a 99-97 victory.