NBA Game Summary - Portland at Denver
(Monday, March 7th)
Final Score: Denver 111, Portland 98
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony finished with 23 points and seven rebounds and Wesley Person scored all 18 of his points in the second half, as the red-hot Denver Nuggets coasted to a 111-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Greg Buckner netted 16 points and Francisco Elson added 15 for the Nuggets, who have won seven straight for the first time since the 1989-90 season. Andre Miller collected 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the win, while Earl Boykins posted 10 points and eight assists.
Damon Stoudamire paced the Trail Blazers with 24 points and Darius Miles chipped in 16 points and six rebounds. Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 15 points, five boards and five assists in the loss.
The Trail Blazers were without guard Nick Van Exel, who didn't make the trip with the team. Van Exel has been suffering from sore knees and, according to a report in the Denver Post, is considering retirement.
Denver held a 56-50 lead at halftime and kept adding to that in the second half.
The Blazers cut the deficit to 56-53 early in the third quarter, but the Nuggets answered with a 17-6 stretch. Martin hit a baseline jumper to cap the run and make it 73-59 with 7:24 remaining. Denver would hold a 90-74 advantage after three quarters of play.
Denver would push its lead to 25 points early in the third quarter after a Buckner three-pointer made it a 99-74 game. The Blazers would slice the deficit to 103-92 after Miles' dunk with 2:41 remaining, but that was as close as they would get.
The Nuggets jumped out to an 11-2 lead and would hold a 31-26 advantage after one quarter of play.
Portland would hold a slim lead on a few occasions in the second quarter with the last time coming after Abdur-Rahim's layup gave the Blazers a 50-49 edge with 3:09 remaining. However, Denver closed the period on a 7-0 stretch to carry a 56-50 cushion into the locker room.
Anthony posted 14 points in the opening half to lead Denver, while Stoudamire also scored 14 to lead the Blazers.
Denver's head coach during its last seven-game winning streak was Doug Moe, who was hired as an assistant last month...Nuggets center Marcus Camby sat out the game because of a strained right hamstring. The news of the injury came on the same day that Camby was named the Western Conference Player of the Week...Portland center Joel Pryzbilla was ejected from the game after receiving his second technical at 7:48 of the third quarter.
03/08 00:12:39 ET