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.
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
We have 2 starting centers. Amazing.
If it gets within 20 put the starters back in.
by Mortimer (with minutes left in the fourth quarter)
Portland became first NBA team to score 84 points in any half on the road since Houston scored 94 in 2nd half at Denver on Jan. 10, 1991.— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) November 13, 2014
Portland has won three straight games in Denver after having won just two of the previous 26 road games against the Nuggets. #PORatDEN— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) November 13, 2014
Thrill said he just banged his funny bone...right hand went numb for a bit , but he's cool. #Blazers— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) November 13, 2014
Arron Afflalo declined request for interview after game. And Brian Shaw didn't take questions. Something definitely stinks here at Pepsi.— Nate Timmons (@NateTimmonsCO) November 13, 2014
Shaw on #Nuggets first half: "Got booed by the fans, which we deserved, based on the effort that we gave out there on the floor."— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) November 13, 2014
Ty Lawson on loss to #Blazers .. "Everything we talked about we did wrong." Said the plan to double LA led to POR 3-pointers— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) November 13, 2014
R. Foye on #Blazers loss: "This is unacceptable. This is a bad loss. We' been stressing playing a certain way and tonight we didn't do it."— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) November 13, 2014
Stotts said watching his team play like tonight is "fun ... It's nice to be a part of it." #Blazers— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) November 13, 2014
"It was an old man dunk, so it wasn't too nice but it was okay. For him, I give him about a 6.5 for that one." — Aldridge re: Kaman's dunk.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) November 13, 2014
VIDEO: Chris Kaman charges down the lane for a ferocious one-handed dunk.