DANILO Gallinari scored 27 points as the Nuggets pounced early in a high-scoring 132-120 win to offset Damian Lillard’s 40-point and 10-assist performance and beat division rival Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Gallinari scored 20 points in the first half as the Nuggets (10-16) led from the onset, leading 74-56 at halftime and led by as much as 23.
Portland (13-15) tried to rally in the last period but only managed to close the gap to 10 at the 9:42 mark and could not make any headway in the face of Denver’s efficient shooting.
Denver had a good shooting night, making 15 of 31 shots from downtown and relied on balanced production as all starters and a total of eight players finished in double figures. Gary Harris put up 18 points and six assists. Wilson Chandler added 17 markers, eight rebounds and two steals. Reserves Jameer Nelson and Will Barton added 15 points apiece.
C.J. McCollum added 23 points while Mason Plumlee added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers.