The Portland Trail Blazers were looking to bounce back at Pepsi Center on Monday night after their three match winning streak was snapped by the Detroit Pistons yesterday. At Half time, Blazers led the Nuggets by the narrowest margin, 58-57.
The Denver Nuggets came fresh from a 119-104 defeat in the hands of the reigning champions, Golden State Warriors on Friday as they hosted Portland. Nuggets thrived after a tug of war by outscoring the Blazers in the final quarter to win the game 108-104.
Emanuel Mudiay notched up two free throws and blocked a shot at the critical final moments to secure a win for his side. He returned with 16 valuable points, six rebounds and two blocks.
”When I’m aggressive and not playing like a robot, good things happen for me and my teammates,” Mudiay said in the locker-room. ”If we continue to play team basketball like that and everybody doing our job, we’re going to be fine.”
J.J. Hickson also posted 19 points.
Damian Lillard once again led the charge for the Blazers dropping 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting in the first half. He finished with 30 points. Allen Crabbe notched up nine points and three rebounds coming off the bench.
In a keenly contested match-up, the Blazers had early control as they led 33-29 in the first quarter.
Blazers were blown at home in the final quarter by Andre Drummond and his Pistons side last night after they led by 13 points at the end of the third quarter. Reduced to a 4-3 win record, Portland desperately eye to improve on Monday.
Nuggets came back sharply to reduce the margin, and trailed only by 1 point at half time. 58-57 was the scoreline. It looked like the match will go down to the wire, as both teams tied 22-22 during the third quarter. Blazers led 80-79 going into the final quarter.
Nuggets rallied to take lead in the early phase of the final quarter, but the Blazers were not ready to give it away. Scores were level at 93-93. Then the Nuggets took the game away in the final minutes.