The Trail Blazers continued their scintillating start to 2013-14, beating Oklahoma City 111-104 in a tight game before 18,950 at the Moda Center on Wednesday.

LaMarcus Aldridge carried the load for Portland (16-3), finishing with 38 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. The 38 points were his most since he scored 39 against the Thunder on Feb. 2, 2012.

Nicolas Batum made a three-pointer with 29.6 seconds left, and Aldridge made two free throws with 24.3 seconds left as the crowd chanted "M-V-P," to help cement the win.

"Just surreal -- it was humbling to have the moment here," Aldridge said of the chant. "I’ve been here so long, and I’ve had very few of those types of chants here. That was fun. I thought that just made the night complete for me."

With San Antonio's game against Minnesota in Mexico postponed because of a fire, the Blazers took over sole possession of the best record in the Western Conference, a half game ahead of the Spurs, whom they have already beaten. Wednesday's win against one of the teams considered a West contender came two days after Portland beat the team with the best record in the NBA, Indiana.

Trail Blazers 111, Thunder 104 Trail Blazers Wesley Matthews, Dorell Wright and LaMarcus Aldridge talk about Portland's 111-104 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night.

"We played two different style teams -- a rugged one with Indiana, and another up-paced team with OKC," said guard Wesley Matthews, who added 13 points and provided tough defense on All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook. "We were able to rise to the occasion."

Robin Lopez added 12 points -- all in the first half -- and 10 rebounds for Portland, which last beat Oklahoma City on Jan. 3, 2012 before losing its last seven games against the Thunder.

Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer, scored 33 points to lead OKC, which played Tuesday night at Sacramento.