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Blazers vs. Nuggets Final Score: 130-113; Portland Pulverizes Denver

Portland had a record-setting second quarter to rip apart the Nuggets in Denver.

Chris Kaman blocks a Danilo Gallinari shot Wednesday night in Denver
Chris Kaman blocks a Danilo Gallinari shot Wednesday night in Denver
Doug Pensinger

After coming back from a 23-point deficit the previous night, the Blazers did not want to be in that position again.  So they got out to a lead that blew Denver out of their own building, winning big, 130-113.

The Blazers recovered from a rocky first couple minutes to burst out in front of the Nuggets.  CJ McCollum had one of his best quarters as a Trail Blazer, scoring eight off the bench on 3-of-4 shooting.  The eight points he scored in the quarter are his highest since he scored 10 in the second quarter February 11th against Oklahoma City last season.  LaMarcus Aldridge had four points and a whopping four blocks, the bench combined for 14 in the period, and the Blazers led 39-28 after one.

The second quarter may go down as one of the best regular season quarters in Portland Trail Blazers history.  The defense positively stifled everything and anything Denver could do.  Aldridge had six blocks in the first half alone, one off of his career high of seven, also against Denver, December 28th of 2010.

Every Portland shooter for first nine minutes was incapable of missing, hitting 12 of their first 13 shots in the quarter, and the shooting percentage only dropped when the momentum was so in Portland's favor, they started shooting every shot they could find.  The 84 points scored in the first half were Portland's most since 1986, as they led 84-50 at the half.

Portland came out for the second half in a daze, thanks to their comfortable lead.  Denver took advantage of it to force three quick turnovers and rally for a 15-0 run, getting the lead down to as little as 18.  Damian Lillard put a stop to that nonsense with three consecutive three-point shots, and Portland led 111-78 after three.

The teams traded baskets in the fourth, but Denver was never really able to get back into the game, and the Portland starters were off the court for much of the fourth quarter.

Lillard led the Blazers with 27 points, and also added 9 assists.  Robin Lopez had 19, Chris Kaman had 16, and McCollum had 15.

The lone issue in the game came when Will Barton was hit on the hand driving for a basket.  He was in clear discomfort, and soon came out of the game.  He did return to action in the fourth.

Box Score

It was this kind of night for Denver:

Gameday Thread Comments of the Night

Denver broadcast is giving Lawson the play of the game. They should be honest enough and give it to a Blazers player
by Norsktroll

We have 2 starting centers. Amazing.
by annthefan

If it gets within 20 put the starters back in.
by Mortimer (with minutes left in the fourth quarter)

Post-Game Reaction

VIDEO: Chris Kaman charges down the lane for a ferocious one-handed dunk.