PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 32 factors and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the depleted Denver Nuggets their fifth straight loss, 119-100 on Tuesday night time.
(*32*) Lillard had 25 factors and 5 assists to assist the Blazers to their fourth consecutive win and ninth in a row at dwelling.
Jeff Green led Denver with 24 factors.
The defining run of the sport got here late within the second quarter. After the Nuggets took a 49-48 lead with 3:35 left, Portland seized management. The Trail Blazers unleashed an 18-3 spurt to shut the primary half, sparked by 4 3-pointers from Lillard and capped by a buzzer-beating layup by McCollum, giving them a 64-52 lead at halftime.
From that time on, the smallest Blazers lead was eight factors.
The Nuggets additionally misplaced one more participant to harm. Denver ahead PJ Dozier fell to the ground with a left knee harm within the first quarter and needed to be helped to the locker room by teammates. He didn’t return.
The harm got here at a troublesome time for the Nuggets. Dozier joined NBA MVP Nikola Jokic (proper wrist), Jamal Murray (left knee restoration), Michael Porter Jr. (again) and Bones Hyland (proper ankle) on Denver’s prolonged harm report.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone took the rostrum earlier than the sport in a Colorado Rapids jersey, exhibiting assist for Denver’s MLS workforce earlier than its playoff sport later this week towards the Portland Timbers. The Rapids completed with probably the most factors within the Western Conference.
“I just want to say congratulations on a historic season and Robin Fraser, the head coach, has done an amazing job in a short period of time,” Malone stated of his pregame apparel. “The Rapids don’t get the attention and credit they deserve and I just wanted to show they have the support of the Denver Nuggets.”
The Blazers will probably be on the street for Thanksgiving, starting a three-game journey Wednesday. Portland coach Chauncey Billups stated the workforce has a meal deliberate for the vacation, however his household gained’t be becoming a member of him on the journey.
“I’d rather have them be with the family than have a hotel Thanksgiving,” Billups stated.
Nuggets: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night time.
Trail Blazers: At the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night time.
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