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Nuggets 102 - Blazers 111

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Despite a bucketful of turnovers, the Portland Trail Blazers successfully reach 3-0, holding off the Denver Nuggets, 111-102. Denver kept it close all night with timely steals (17 in all), but they couldn't put the game away. The Blazers finished on a 13-4 run.

The Blazers looked great in the first quarter, jumping to a double-digit lead. But just as they looked to pull away, Denver, led by Ty Lawson and Andre Miller, and a mountain of steals, slowly crawled back into the game. By halftime, the Blazers had squandered their lead away and the game was tied at 53.

Denver quickly jumped to a four point lead in the third, only for Wesley Matthews to nail four straight three-pointers. Both sides took that cue, and every player catches fire, for a fun stretch of hot shooting from all over the court. Denver kept pace, and the Blazers led by four after three.

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth struggle between the teams, with the lead rarely reaching 5 points. Despite all of Denver's steal, the play of the game was Wesley Matthews (making up for his own turnover) stealing the ball from Ty Lawson on the break, leading to a Raymond Felton three pointer for a 7 point lead with under 2 minutes left. After that, it was all over but the streamers.

All the starters had memorable nights. Matthews scored 25, Felton with 23 and 5 assists, and even Marcus Camby finished 2 points, but a big 12 boards and plenty of defense inside.

Andre Miller returned to Portland to a nice Rose Garden ovation, scoring 13 points with 8 assists. Rudy Fernandez had a much cooler welcome from the crowd, struggling to finish with 7 points.



Source : blazersedge
12.30.2011 00:38
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Western Conference
Ord Team P W L PF:PA
1 Gol. Warriors 83 68 15 9115-8266
2 L.A. Clippers 82 56 26 8741-8212
3 Hou. Rockets 82 56 26 8522-8240
4 San. Spurs 82 55 27 8461-7953
5 Mem. Grizzlies 83 55 28 8140-7894
Eastern Conference
Ord Team P W L PF:PA
1 Atl. Hawks 83 61 22 8515-8065
2 Cle. Cavaliers 82 53 29 8457-8089
3 Chi. Bulls 82 50 32 8255-8024
4 Tor. Raptors 82 48 34 8517-8276
5 Was. Wizards 83 46 37 8181-8117

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