NBA Game Summary - Denver at Portland
(Monday, February 4th)
Final Score: Denver 105, Portland 103 (OT)
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson's jumper in the final second of overtime lifted the Nuggets to a 105-103 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Carmelo Anthony led the way with 28 points and 15 rebounds for Denver, which has won three in a row. Iverson finished with 25 points, six rebounds and eight assists, as the Nuggets beat the Blazers for the 12th time in the last 15 meetings.
"We knew it would be that type of game," Anthony said of the tight finish. "We jumped out on them early in the game, but they came back and fought their way back to take the lead. From there it was a battle between the both of us. There were some things we thought could have gone our way tonight, but didn't. We were a little frustrated, but we kept our composure. We came out with the win. We won the game so I'm not going to complain."
Brandon Roy had 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, but his jumper with 3:01 left in overtime represented the final points for Portland, losers in four of its last six games. Jarrett Jack had 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, but also seven turnovers, including a key miscue in the final minute of OT.
"Our execution just wasn't good tonight," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "We wanted to take care of the ball, but with 18 turnovers we didn't do a good job on that and we wanted to rebound the ball. They just wiped us out on the boards. Down the stretch, Denver just executed better."
After Roy's bucket gave the Blazers a 103-101 lead, Anthony tied the game 40 seconds later with a driving layup. Neither team was able to capitalize until the final second.
Roy missed a pull-up shot with 40 seconds left, but Anthony then had the ball stolen in the lane at the other end by Jack. However, Jack then dribbled to the other basket, but lost control, giving the ball back to Denver, and the Nuggets called timeout with 15.5 seconds left.
Iverson was then left open and nailed a step-back jumper from the right wing just inside of a second left.
After a Portland timeout, Roy's three-point try from the left corner came up short.
Kenyon Martin had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Denver, which also got 15 points from Linas Kleiza and 10 from J.R. Smith.
Travis Outlaw tallied 16 points and 10 boards for the Blazers, who also received 11 points and nine assists from Steve Blake. Channing Frye scored 10.
Iverson's three-pointer gave Denver a 100-99 lead with 39.4 seconds left in regulation, and Outlaw then had a shot blocked by Eduardo Najera, but Anthony missed a jumper at the other end, giving Portland the ball with 6.9 ticks left.
Outlaw was fouled while shooting a jumper and hit 1-of-2 free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining, and Iverson missed a three-point try at the buzzer.
Denver led 20-14 after one quarter and 50-44 at the half. Iverson's three at the end of the third had the game tied at 78.
The season series finished 2-2...LaMarcus ALdridge had 12 rebounds and four blocks for Portland...Iverson and Anthony combined to shoot 20-of-55 from the field.
02/05 01:30:17 ET