AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Ivan Nova Jersey . - LaMarcus Aldridge might never become the leading scorer in Portland Trail Blazers history.Hes got a real chance to put second place out of reach, though.Aldridge scored 23 points in Portlands 98-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night, including a crucial pair of baskets to end Detroits fourth-quarter rally. He now has 11,347 career points, 17 more than Terry Porter.Its a big honour to pass Terry, because he was a big-time player for this franchise and a big-time player in this league, Aldridge said after helping Portland win its fifth straight. He means a lot to the city of Portland, and to pass him means that all the hard work is paying off.It also means Ive been with this franchise for a long time.At 29, Aldridge isnt likely to pick up the 6,693 points he needs to catch Clyde Drexler, so hes settling on short-term goals.Right now, Im just focused on getting these wins on the road, he said. This has been one of our tougher road trips, and the next one is tough as well.Detroit lost its 13th in a row, one short of the franchise record set in 1979-80 and tied in 1993-94. Those were both aging teams, with the second group marking the end of the Bad Boys era at the Palace. The current Pistons havent had a winning season or won a playoff game in seven years.Im not a patient, understanding man, and Ive never been in this situation, said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, who has never had a losing season or missed the playoffs in his NBA coaching career. But I have to try to be a little understanding, because most of these guys have never been in a situation like this, either. Confidence is low right now and getting worse every game.Greg Monroe had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which only got 40 points from its starting lineup.Weve got two days off, and a lot of assessing to do, Van Gundy said. We need some serious adjustments into the way we play and who we play. When youve lost 13 in a row, everyone and everything is on the table.The pattern of the game was established early, as Portland was able to convert most possessions into good scoring opportunities, while the Pistons struggled to finish at the rim. Detroit, one of the worst teams at scoring inside despite the presence of Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Monroe, shot 44 per cent in the paint in the first half.Portlands defence slowly took control in the third quarter, holding the Pistons to 22 per cent shooting (4 for 18) and expanding the lead to as many as 17 points. It was 76-62 going into the fourth, but the Pistons finally put together enough baskets and stops to make a run.Monroes layup pulled Detroit within 81-77 with 7:12 to play, but Aldridge hit two straight baskets and Damian Lillard rattled home a 3-pointer to keep the Pistons at bay.It was disappointing that Detroit made that run at the end, but I liked the way we finished the game and took care of our business, said Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts.TIP-INSBLAZERS: Portland has beaten Detroit four straight times, and has won in five of its last seven visits to the Palace.PISTONS: Detroit had three previous 13-game losing streaks, including one each in the 1979-80 and 1993-94 seasons after the 14-game skid. The third came in 2009-10, which also featured an 11-game losing streak. ... Jodie Meeks, who has missed the entire season with a stress fracture in his back, is expected to resume practicing this week and could play on Detroits upcoming three-game road trip.COMING HOME: Chris Kaman, a native Michigander who played his college basketball at Central Michigan, was 6 of 8 in the first half for 12 points. He finished with 14 points in 21 minutes.Right now, were letting teams stick around a little too much, but were digging the games out at the end, he said.UP NEXTBLAZERS: Host Minnesota on Wednesday.PISTONS: Visit Phoenix on Friday. Adam Frazier Jersey . - Jayden Hart scored once and set up two more as the Prince Albert Raiders downed the host Red Deer Rebels 5-3 on Tuesday to clinch the final Western Hockey League playoff berth. Tyler Glasnow Jersey .C. -- Al Jefferson said he feels like hes playing the best basketball of his 10-year NBA career. http://www.piratesrookiestore.com/Pirates-Jordy-Mercer-Kids-Jersey/ .Balotelli uploaded on Instagram a picture of the video-game character Super Mario, with whom the Italy international shares a nickname, with text around the image including jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.ARLINGTON, Texas -- Not one, not two, not three. The Texas Rangers now have four catchers on their 25-man roster. The Rangers recalled opening day starting catcher J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, the same day they made the expected move of activating catcher Geovany Soto from the 60-day disabled list. Struggling first baseman Carlos Pena was designated for assignment after playing only 18 games in his return to the Rangers. Soto and Arencibia joined the team for a workout in Toronto, along with catchers Robinson Chirinos and Chris Gimenez. Texas (38-57), with the worst record in the majors, plays the Blue Jays on Friday in its first game after the All-Star break. Arencibia was optioned to Round Rock on May 20 after hitting .133 in 20 games with the Rangers, 19 of them starts at catcher. He hit .279 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs in 48 games at Round Rock, where he started 20 games at first base while playing the position professionally for the first time. Eight of his last 11 startts at Triple-A were at first base. Austin Meadows Jersey. Pena hit .136 and two RBIs in 18 games for Texas, including 16 starts at first base, after being purchased from Round Rock on June 24. Texas has 10 days to trade, release or outright Pena to the minor leagues. He had rejoined the Rangers on June 24, a week after signing a minor league deal -- and 13 years after making his major league debut with Texas. He was the 10th overall pick in 1998. Soto tore cartilage in his right knee late in spring training and is looking to make his season debut with the Rangers after 12 games of rehab the past two weeks with Round Rock and Double-A Frisco. In 54 games last season for the Rangers, primarily as the backup to A.J. Pierzynski, Soto hit .245 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in 54 games. Soto was expected to be the primary catcher this season before getting hurt in the spring. The Rangers traded right-handed reliever Jason Frasor on Wednesday, so only the Pena move was necessary Thursday to bring back two catchers. ' ' '