NBA Game Summary - Portland at Denver|
(Friday, November 1st)
Final Score: Portland 113, Denver 98
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - A 3-point barrage helped the Portland
Trail Blazers cure their woes in the Rocky Mountains.
The Blazers nailed 14 triples in their 113-98 triumph over the Denver Nuggets
to snap their nine-game losing skid at Pepsi Center.
Portland was 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) overall from beyond the arc. Nicolas
Batum was 5-of-8, Wesley Matthews connected on all four of his attempts and
Damian Lillard was 3-of-4 from deep.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and nine rebounds, Matthews tallied 21 points
and 12 boards, Batum also poured in 21, and Lillard finished with 18 points
and seven assists.
"I like the way we came out, I liked our demeanor at the defensive end for the
entire game," Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said.
Nate Robinson had 24 points and seven rebounds off the bench to lead the
Nuggets, who had their 23-game regular-season home winning streak snapped.
Denver went an NBA best 38-3 at home a year ago.
"Our team looked very tired," Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said. "They just
looked winded. They looked like they were the team that played in altitude and
we were the team that was coming in on the second night of a back-to-back."
After Robinson's layup pulled the Nuggets within 31-30 early in the second,
Portland countered with an 18-6 run to seize control.
Lillard nailed a pair of threes and registered a 3-point play among his 11
points during the surge, which was capped on a Batum triple for a 49-36
The Blazers took a 64-50 lead into the break and Matthews scored the first
nine points of a 20-6 burst in the third to stake Portland to its largest
advantage of 89-63.
The Blazers led 91-71 after three, but Denver got within 101-94 with 4:57 left
before Portland answered with eight straight points to put the game away.
Portland outscored Denver 40-27 in the second quarter ... Portland had seven
turnovers, while Denver gave the ball away just five times ... Ty Lawson had
21 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Nuggets.
11/02 01:22:42 ET