Damian Lillard put up 31 points and added 9 assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a close victory over the Denver Nuggets, 100-95. Portland (39-18) has now won three in a row.
Lillard went 8-20 from the field (4-11 on 3-pointers) and 11-13 from the free throw line. Other key players for Portland included Nicolas Batum with 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Robin Lopez with 12 points and 10 rebounds. On 7-15 shooting, including 3-7 from behind the arc, Randy Foye put up 17 points for Denver in the loss. Aaron Brooks contributed 14 points and 6 assists, Timofey Mozgov finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Kenneth Faried put up 11 points and 6 rebounds.
In addition to 20.0% from 3-point range, the Nuggets tallied an eFG% of just 37.9%. They are 1-10 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Trail Blazers, conversely, are undefeated (5-0) when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.
Denver (25-31) has now dropped their last three straight.
The Trail Blazers take on the Nets (26-28) in their next game. The Nuggets also go up against the Nets next, with their game coming on Thursday. The Trail Blazers have a 1-0 record against Brooklyn this season. The Nuggets have a 1-0 record against Brooklyn this season.