PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds, prompting Portland fans to chant "MVP! MVP!" during the Trail Blazers' 111-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - The leader of a protest group trying to overthrow Thailand's government and scrap planned elections said on Friday the prime minister should either step down or be forced out, and his movement would then need around a year to push through reforms. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called an election for February 2 in an effort to end the street protests but Suthep Thaugsuban, a veteran lawmaker who resigned from parliament to lead them, has rejected the move. Knowing that allies of Yingluck's brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, would probably win any election, he wants an unelected "people's council" to run the country. Thailand's eight-year political conflict centres on Thaksin, a former telecommunications tycoon popular among the rural poor because of policies pursued when he was in power and carried on by governments allied to him when he was ousted.