Aldridge thanks Spurs fans for their support

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Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge was cleared to return to full basketball activities and will start Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers with no restrictions, the team announced.

"After Aldridge had an occurrence of a minor heart arrhythmia in Oklahoma City on March 9, the Spurs medical staff led a process that included multiple tests and examinations as well as consultation with numerous experts in the field", the release read. "'All of us have been impressed with the professionalism and grace he has shown in dealing with this hard situation'".

Trailing 104-97 with 1:45 remaining, San Antonio closed within two points as Aldridge scored five consecutive points on a layup and a powerful dunk that led to a three-point play.

Lillard finished with 36 points, McCollum added 26 points and Jusuf Nurkic chipped in 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals. "Throughout the year, he has gone through some procedures and had to do some things that are not pleasant and he has shown a lot of class and a lot of fortitude in the way he has done it all". He and fellow guard Tony Parker are no longer the most important keys to the Spurs' success, but having them play well in the playoffs is what could give San Antonio a narrow edge over the high-powered Warriors.

San Antonio is now trailing Golden State by a half-game for the league's best record entering Wednesday's game.

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"A lot of good performances, obviously Dame offensively was fantastic", said Stotts.

Teammate Patty Mills, who was also a teammate of Aldridge's in Portland, said players were aware that he has had issues all season.

Aldridge was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome - an abnormality that can cause a rapid heartbeat - as a rookie in 2007.

The Spurs saw their win streak end at two, even with the return of LaMarcus Aldridge after two games out.

After coming out completely flat in a loss at New Orleans on Tuesday night, the Blazers (30-37) earned what might be their most impressive win of the season, handing San Antonio (52-15) just their seventh home loss of the year.

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