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Blazers beat Nuggets for fifth straight win

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Robin Lopez had 18 points and nine rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Denver Nuggets 102-96 on Saturday night.

Damian Lillard netted 17 points, LaMarcus Aldridge supplied 16 points and seven boards and Nicolas Batum snatched 16 rebounds for Portland, which has won five in a row on the heels of a three-game losing streak.

Kenneth Faried tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have dropped five straight and 10 of their last 11.

The game was tied 10-10 right before the middle stages of the first before Portland went on a 12-2 run to seize control.

Lillard and Robin Lopez netted four points apiece during the surge, which was capped on a Meyers Leonard dunk for a 22-12 Blazers advantage late in the stanza.

Portland led 32-24 after a quarter of play and headed into the break with a 56-48 cushion.

The Blazers' margin reached as high as 13 in the third before they settled for an 84-73 spread going into the fourth, where they were never seriously threatened.

Wilson Chandler split a pair of foul shots to bring Denver within 100-94 with under a minute to play, but Chandler and Evan Fournier missed 3-pointers on its next trip down the floor before Aldridge snatched the game-clinching rebound.

Game Notes

Portland shot 45.7 percent (37-of-81) from the floor and 18.5 percent (5- of-27) from beyond the arc ... The Blazers held a 54-38 points in the paint edge.

03/02 01:01:37 ET

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