The Portland Trail Blazers pulled out the close victory against the Denver Nuggets, 102-96. Portland (41-18) is now on a five-game winning streak.
Robin Lopez put up 18 points on 5-9 shooting from the field and 8-8 from the free throw line, in a quality offensive outing. Other top contributors for Portland included Damian Lillard with 17 points and 5 rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Despite the loss, Evan Fournier scored 16 points off the bench for Denver on 4-9 shooting (1-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-8 from the free throw line. He also registered 7 rebounds. Evan Fournier contributed 16 points and 7 rebounds.
The Nuggets had a myriad of misses, most of which they were unable to corral (combining an eFG% of 44.0% with an OR% of 18.9). When falling below 45% and 20% in those respective categories, they are winless (0-2) this season. The Trail Blazers, conversely, are undefeated (2-0) when holding the opposition below those marks.
Denver (25-33) has now lost five straight games.
Coming up next, the Trail Blazers battle the Los Angeles Lakers, who are 20-39 on the year. The Nuggets meet the Minnesota Timberwolves, currently 29-29 this season. The Trail Blazers are 1-0 versus Los Angeles this season. They have won two of their last three meetings with Minnesota.