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                === Nuggets, Blazers jump it up in Portland ===
 (  -  The Portland  Trail  Blazers  will carry  a  four-game
 winning  streak  into Saturday's contest when  they host the Denver Nuggets at
 Moda Center.
 After a three-game slide, the Blazers have been hot with three home wins and a
 road victory over these same Nuggets on Tuesday. The four wins have come by an
 average of 17 points.
 All  four  of  these  consecutive victories  came  without  All-Star  LaMarcus
 Aldridge,  who has  missed five  games with  a groin  injury. He  practiced on
 Friday and his status for Saturday will be determined some time earlier in the
 Last  time out,  the Blazers demolished the road-weary Brooklyn Nets. Portland
 prevailed, 124-80.
 Mo  Williams  scored a team-high 21  points for the Trail Blazers. Will Barton
 had  season highs with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Nicolas Batum finished
 with 19 points, six assists, and six rebounds in the win.
 Damian Lillard netted 14 points, Victor Claver deposited a career-high 13, and
 Robin Lopez and C.J. McCollum added 11 points apiece in the win.
 "This  point of  the season right now,  you want to keep getting better," said
 Wesley Matthews. "You want to keep reaching to a point where when the playoffs
 hit, you're playing at your best."
 Portland's bench scored 68 points compared to just 45 for Brooklyn.
 Thomas  Robinson missed the Nets game with a strained left patella and will be
 a game-time decision Saturday.
 The  Blazers will host the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks before heading
 south for five games.
 The Nuggets have dropped four in a row and went 3-9 in the month of February.
 The  fourth consecutive  loss was  somewhat  humiliating as  the Nuggets  only
 scored  eight points in the first quarter of a 112-89 home loss to the Nets on
 "I've  never seen anything  like it," Denver head coach Brian Shaw said of his
 team's struggles in the first half. "I think our guys just seemed uptight."
 Randy  Foye notched  15  points while  Kenneth Faried  and  J.J. Hickson  each
 tallied 14 as Denver's forgettable month comes to an end.
 When  these two  teams met on Tuesday, Lillard flirted with a triple-double as
 the Blazers won 100-95 at the Pepsi Center.
 The  Blazers have  won all  three meetings  this season  to snap  a three-game
 losing  streak  in the series. Portland  is 7-1 as  the host in the last eight
 03/01 10:07:31 ET

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