Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Nicolas Batum poured in a game-high 22 points
on Thursday, as the Portland Trail Blazers took advantage of a woeful shooting
night from the Denver Nuggets to take a 101-93 victory at the Rose Garden.
With starting center LaMarcus Aldridge sidelined with a left ankle injury,
J.J. Hickson carried the load down low with 18 points and 18 rebounds, while
Wesley Matthews donated 20 points for the Blazers, who have won four straight
games for the first time since March 2-8, 2011.
Denver netted 74 points in the paint, but made just one field goal outside the
painted area and set an NBA record for most missed three-point attempts
without a make after going 0-for-22 from long range to snap a three-game
Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer each scored 13 points in the
setback, Denver's sixth straight in Portland.
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