NBA Game Summary - Denver at Portland
(Wednesday, January 31st)
Final Score: Portland 100, Denver 91
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph poured in 26 points and had a season-high 17 rebounds, as the Trail Blazers took advantage of an absent Allen Iverson to post a 100-91 victory over the Nuggets.
Denver's star guard didn't make the trip to Portland due to a sprained right ankle, and the Nuggets struggled offensively, as they were held to their lowest point total since falling 90-86 versus Houston on January 12.
Brandon Roy had 25 points and eight assists for the Trail Blazers, who snapped an eight-game series losing streak in the opener of this home-and-home series. The teams play at Denver on Friday.
Jarrett Jack added 14 points, including a big shot from beyond the arc in the closing minute, as the Blazers won their fourth straight game at the Rose Garden.
"I was in a rhythm tonight, especially in the second half," Roy said. "I just tried to be aggressive and make plays. Denver's a tough team to beat. When Zach plays well and Jarrett Jack steps it up on the defensive end, we step it up for him."
Carmelo Anthony had 33 points on 11-of-25 shooting for Denver, which has lost four in a row, one shy of a season-high. Marcus Camby tallied 17 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who shot 44.4 percent from the field.
Camby's layup brought the Nuggets within 91-88 with 51.9 seconds left, but Jack nailed a three from the left corner with 33.3 to play.
Nene then muffed a slam for the Nuggets and Roy hit two free throws to essentially seal Portland's victory.
Anthony did drill a three-pointer with 18 seconds remaining, but Roy and Randolph each hit two foul shots in the closing moments.
Ime Udoka and LaMarcus Aldridge each tallied 11 points for Portland.
Nene ended with 14 points.
Denver led 12-4 early, but Portland scored the next six and eventually took a 24-22 lead going into the second quarter. The Nuggets led 42-40 at the half and the game was even at 66 going into the fourth.
Aldridge's hook shot and Roy's layup gave the Blazers a 74-70 lead and Denver never led again.
"On offense, we didn't have a lot of fast breaks," Denver coach George Karl said. "We didn't attack the basket like I thought we should have. We just didn't have any rhythm offensively. We needed to attack the rim more. They did a good job at setting up a couple threes there at the end."
Portland guard Sergio Rodriguez sprained his left ankle late in the third quarter and didn't return...Anthony made all nine of his foul shots.
02/01 02:04:59 ET