Denver survives Portland's comeback, win 118-109

Denver survives Portland's comeback, win 118-109
April 14, 2013, 4:00 pm
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DENVER –The Denver Nuggets were in command for most of Sunday afternoon's game. They held a 20-point lead on the Portland Trail Blazers with 4:36 left in the third quarter.

Portland proceeded to do what they have done all season -- rally back. They came back to cut the lead to three with 3:32 remaining in the game. However, that would be the closest they would come.

Without LaMarcus Aldridge (right ankle sprain), Wesley Matthews (ankle) and Nicolas Batum (shoulder), the Trail Blazers really should not have been in this game.

At the Pepsi Center, the Nuggets have only lost three games all year, and none of those three losses were to the Trail Blazers. The Nuggets handed the Trail Blazers their 11th consecutive loss by winning 118-109.

Andre Iguodala was the catalyst for Denver coming away with a 28 point, seven rebound, eight assists performance. Evan Fournier put in 24 points on eight-of-12 shooting.

Damian Lillard scored 25 of his game-high 30 points in the second half. He ended with six assists, but committed a game-high eight turnovers. JJ Hickson played a solid overall game going for 19 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five assists. In his third career start, Will Barton supplied 17 points and nine boards.

Kenneth Faried left the game early in the first quarter with an ankle sprain and would not return. X-rays were taken and results came back negative. He is being listed as day-to-day.

Nolan Smith took a MRI yesterday on his left knee and the results revealed a partial tear of the patella tendon.

For more on tonight's game, keep it locked on for all your postgame coverage. Plus, an all new edition of “Talkin' Ball” is coming your way now on Comcast SportsNet.