NBA Game Summary - Portland at Denver
(Saturday, February 4th)
Final Score: Denver 105, Portland 104
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Andre Miller came up with a key steal and went the distance for the deciding layup with 4.3 seconds remaining to lift the Denver Nuggets over the Portland Trail Blazers, 105-104, at the Pepsi Center.
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 33 points for Denver, which ended a four- game slide. Marcus Camby added 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in his return to the lineup for the Nuggets, who rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to escape with the win.
"It feels good to get off the losing streak," said Miller.
Zach Randolph had 28 points and 12 boards for the Trail Blazers, who started a seven-game road trip in disappointing fashion. Ruben Patterson added 14 points, but his three-point attempt at the buzzer was blocked by Camby and Portland fell to 3-3 in its last six games.
The Trail Blazers found themselves ahead 97-88 following a Theo Ratliff bucket with less than six minutes left in the contest.
However, the Nuggets responded with an 11-2 burst to tie the game. Miller started the surge with a basket and Camby ended it with a pair from the free throw line with 1:59 remaining for a 99-99 deadlock.
Randolph scored the next five points for the Trail Blazers, who went ahead 104-99 following his two free throws with 1:14 on the clock.
Anthony, though, started a six-point run to end the game with a thunderous dunk over Ratliff and converted the ensuing free throw to complete a three- point play and draw the Nuggets within 104-102 with 1:03 left.
Then, after Sebastian Telfair missed a three-pointer, Randolph fouled out of the game after going over the back of Denver's Eduardo Najera with 44 ticks remaining.
Najera hit 1-of-2 from the line to make it a one-point contest.
Juan Dixon then turned the ball over on the Trail Blazers' ensuing possession, but Camby's outlet pass intended for Earl Boykins went out of bounds with 31 seconds left to give Portland a new shot clock.
Then, with the time ticking away, Miller picked the pocket of rookie point guard Jarrett Jack near midcourt and converted the layup on the other end with 4.3 second remaining.
"I was just trying to make a play," Miller added. "I was trying to set him up to cross over and he did and I got the steal."
Portland had one last chance, but Camby blocked Patterson's three-pointer as the buzzer sounded.
"We just didn't handle the pressure well," said Portland head coach Nate McMillian. "It was a total break down on both ends of the floor. They were the aggressors and normally the more aggressive team wins."
Miller ended with 10 points while Boykins had 17 off the bench for Denver, which has won all three meetings so far this season and six straight dating back to last year over Portland.
Telfair had 14 points for the Trail Blazers.
Portland led 30-28 after one quarter and held a 55-53 edge going into halftime. The Trail Blazers then extended their cushion to 84-76 going into the fourth.
Denver improved to 16-9 at home this season...Portland fell to 5-16 on the road...The Blazers have lost six straight and 12-of-13 in Denver...Steve Blake had 10 points for the Blazers...Denver played without forward Kenyon Martin, who is nursing a knee injury.
02/05 00:14:22 ET