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Nuggets Strike Gold Late, Beat Blazers 104-101

A close game throughout, Portland was unable to execute in the final minute, snapping a three game winning streak.

Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

The Portland Trail Blazers lost a heartbreaker to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night at the Pepsi Center. A missed Damian Lillard free throw, an overturned out of bounds call, and clutch Will Barton free throws all contributed to the win for the hometown Nuggets, who won by a final score of 104-101. Damian Lillard lead the Blazers with 25 points, and Jamal Murray lead the Nuggets with a career-high 38. Blazers owner Paul Allen was in attendance, and left quickly after the final buzzer.

Here are a few takeaways from tonight’s game:

  • Return of the Nurk. Monday marked Jusuf Nurkic’s first game in Denver since being traded to Portland last February. The Bosnian Beast recovered from a slow first half with a dominating second stanza. He finished the game with 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Here was the crowd reaction to his introduction tonight:
  • Marvelous Murray. Murray, who entered the night averaging just shy of 16 points a game, led all scorers with a career-high 38 points, on 14-19 shooting, including a go-ahead and-one bucket in the final minute.
  • Cold start. The Blazers and Nuggets each shot just 28% from the field in first quarter. Neither team shot the ball particularly well for the remaining three quarters either, with Portland finishing at 42% and Denver finishing at 40%.

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What’s Next:

The Blazers host the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. Stay tuned for more analysis on tonight’s game from Blazer’s Edge.