PORTLAND overcame a slow start with a sizzling run in the middle quarters and held on to beat Denver, 112-105, on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) at the Moda Center.
After falling behind by as much as 17, 31-48, midway in the second quarter, the Blazers unleashed a 55-24 run to turn a 50-57 deficit at the break into an 86-72 lead into the fourth quarter. Damian Lillard had 10 points in the third quarter to lead the rally.
CJ McCollum then took over in the fourth with eight points to start the period for Portland but Denver mounted one last push in trimming a 16-point deficit at the 4:52 mark down to five, 105-110, capped by three straight triples from Jamal Murray.
Still, the comeback was a little too late for the Nuggets as Lillard sank crucial free throws to douse the rally and seal the Blazers second straight win.
Lillard had 32 points, 16 in each half, to lead Portland to a 7-4 record. McCollum added 21, 17 in the second half, while Maurice Harkless chipped in 17 markers. All Blazers starters also scored in double figures as Mason Plumlee and Meyers Leonard each had 11 points.
Danilo Gallinari and Murray led the slumping Nuggets, who fell to a 3-7 card after losing their fourth straight game, with 19 points apiece. Kenneth Faried finished with a double-double of 18 markers and 14 boards. Wilson Chandler also added 18 off the bench.