The most eye-popping sight at the Rose Garden on Monday came with five seconds left in the Blazers' game against the Bulls.

Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge stepped to the free throw line for the first of two attempts, and made it. Suddenly, point guard Andre Miller started waving his arms up and down wildly, extolling the crowd to cheer.

The gesture is utterly out of character for the normally low-key Miller, but he didn't really have to do it as the crowd already was cheering wildly. Heck, the cheering had already started moments earlier when Chicago's Taj Gibson fouled Aldiridge to stop the clock.

Fans, who might have otherwise groaned a little at the foul, knew that Aldridge had scored 40 points, tying his career-high set six days earlier in the same building, and that a made free throw would top it.

Say this for Blazers fans: They know their team.

And they certainly enjoyed the Blazers' 109-103 victory and Aldridge's 42 points (yup, he made both), not to mention Miller's 27 points and 11 assists.

Monday was another eventful night at the Rose Garden, and it went again beyond the game. Let's sweep up the leftovers from the notebook and also see what others are writing:

• The Blazers won in an entertaining, efficient and fluid manner as Aldridge became the first Portland player to have back-to-back 40-point home games since Clyde Drexler in 1989, The Oregonian's Joe Freeman reports.

•Anyone else notice that the Blazers did not do the 3Goggles gesture Monday? Granted, the team only made two three-pointers, but both were by frequent 3Goggles flasher Rudy Fernandez, and he did not make the gesture either time.