DEN
POR

No Text

Jokic leads Nuggets to first win in Portland since 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ��� Denver has gone through four coaches and has only three players remaining from the last time it won in Portland.

The wait for another victory is over.

Nikola Jokic scored 27 points and the Nuggets beat the Trail Blazers 102-85 on Friday night, their first victory in Portland since 2013.

Jokic hit 12 of 21 shots and grabbed eight rebounds as the Nuggets ended a nine-game losing streak to the Blazers in Portland. Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 21 points, and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Denver coach Michael Malone said he asked the team during the morning shootaround what happened on Feb. 27, 2013, the last time Denver beat the Blazers in Portland.

"Everybody looked around like I had no idea," Malone said.

The Nuggets did it with an inside-first philosophy, pounding the Blazers with Jokic and Chandler. Denver didn't score its first basket outside the paint until midway through the second quarter.

"We wanted to get to the paint just because that will open the 3s, that will open the easy passes. That is our game plan every game, but tonight we kind of did it all as a team," Jokic said.

Portland played without Damian Lillard, who strained his hamstring strain in Wednesday's game against San Antonio. Lillard is the Blazers' leading scorer at 25.2 points a game.

The Blazers, who lost their sixth consecutive home game, heard scattered boos from crowd during the fourth quarter.

"We didn't play a very good game. They won every quarter. We didn't do very many things well enough to come close to winning the game," Portland coach Terry Stotts said.

C.J. McCollum led Portland with 15 points, while Shabazz Napier had 14. Rookie Zach Collins scored a career-high 10 points, but fouled out after playing 18 minutes.

Gary Harris scored 17 points for Denver, but more important to Malone, he kept McCollum under wraps. On a night when the Lillard-less Blazers desperately needed McCollum, he shot just 3 of 11 during the first half.

"Any time C.J. was in the game, we had Gary match up with him. I thought Gary embraced the opportunity to guard him. He was relentless in his pursuit," Malone said.

The Nuggets led 52-41 at halftime as Jokic scored 18 first-half points. They separated themselves from Portland late in the second quarter with a 10-0 run.

Denver continued to punish Portland inside during the third quarter, as Chandler scored eight points and Jokic seven in taking an 80-66 lead. The Nuggets led by as many as 19 points during the third quarter.

Jokic drew his fourth foul early in the third quarter, but Malone said he was "not close" to pulling him from the game.

"I knew if I pulled him at that point, I felt things would go south very quickly," Malone said.

Portland was unable to get closer than 10 in the fourth.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Denver scored its first 16 baskets in the paint. ... Harris returned to the starting lineup after missing one game (elbow contusion). ... Denver avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season. It was also just the Nuggets' third win over Portland in the past five seasons.

Trail Blazers: Lillard is unlikely to play in Saturday's game at the Los Angeles Lakers, though Stotts said he would make the trip. ... Jake Layman, who has played the fewest games (13) and minutes (83) on the roster, made his first start of the season, and second of his two-year career. ... Maurice Harkless played for the first time in five games, scoring four points in 19 minutes.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Saturday at Golden State.

Trail Blazers: Saturday at Los Angeles Lakers.

---

For more NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

Copyright 2017 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
D. Lillard
0 PG
37.1 Min. Per Game 37.1
25.2 Pts. Per Game 25.2
6.4 Ast. Per Game 6.4
5.0 Reb. Per Game 5.0
51.4 Field Goal % 41.8
50.5 Three Point % 41.8
86.3 Free Throw % 92.8
  Defensive rebound by Juan Hernangomez 0:00
  Caleb Swanigan missed hook shot 0:04
+ 3 Will Barton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trey Lyles 0:20
+ 3 Pat Connaughton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shabazz Napier 0:39
+ 2 Trey Lyles made finger-roll layup 0:46
+ 1 Pat Connaughton made free throw 0:57
  Shooting foul on Trey Lyles 0:57
+ 2 Pat Connaughton made jump shot, assist by Shabazz Napier 0:57
+ 2 Trey Lyles made driving layup 1:10
+ 2 Caleb Swanigan made layup, assist by Jake Layman 1:32
  Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh 1:39
Team Stats
Points 102 85
Field Goals 42-85 (49.4%) 35-83 (42.2%)
3-Pointers 7-25 (28.0%) 6-22 (27.3%)
Free Throws 11-15 (73.3%) 9-16 (56.3%)
Total Rebounds 58 44
Offensive 16 10
Defensive 33 24
Team 9 10
Assists 19 15
Steals 4 6
Blocks 10 4
Turnovers 14 9
Fouls 13 19
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
14 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
1234T
away team logo Nuggets 17-15 28242822102
home team logo Trail Blazers 16-16 2219251985
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 17-15 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Trail Blazers 16-16 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
N. Jokic C 18.5 PPG 10.7 RPG 6.1 APG 50.0 FG%
C. McCollum SG 21.4 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 44.3 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Jokic C 27 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
C. McCollum SG 15 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
49.4 FG% 42.2
28.0 3PT FG% 27.3
73.3 FT% 56.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Jokic 37 27 9 6 0 2 4 4 12/21 2/6 1/1 3 6 46 +29
W. Chandler 41 21 11 0 0 0 2 2 8/15 2/3 3/4 4 7 30 +14
G. Harris 38 17 2 2 3 1 2 0 7/12 0/3 3/4 1 1 25 +27
M. Plumlee 24 8 5 3 1 5 1 2 4/7 0/0 0/0 3 2 24 0
J. Murray 26 7 2 4 0 0 3 2 3/10 1/5 0/0 0 2 14 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Jokic 37 27 9 6 0 2 4 4 12/21 2/6 1/1 3 6 46 +29
W. Chandler 41 21 11 0 0 0 2 2 8/15 2/3 3/4 4 7 30 +14
G. Harris 38 17 2 2 3 1 2 0 7/12 0/3 3/4 1 1 25 +27
M. Plumlee 24 8 5 3 1 5 1 2 4/7 0/0 0/0 3 2 24 0
J. Murray 26 7 2 4 0 0 3 2 3/10 1/5 0/0 0 2 14 +15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Barton 25 12 7 1 0 2 1 2 4/8 1/3 3/4 2 5 22 -2
T. Lyles 32 10 9 3 0 0 1 1 4/10 1/3 1/2 2 7 24 +6
M. Beasley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
J. Hernangomez 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -1
T. Craig 10 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 2 3 -2
P. Millsap - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Faried - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arthur - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Mudiay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 102 49 19 4 10 14 13 42/85 7/25 11/15 16 33 189 +85
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 33 15 3 3 0 0 2 0 7/18 1/5 0/0 1 2 22 -20
J. Nurkic 24 10 1 0 0 0 4 2 4/10 0/0 2/4 1 0 7 -28
E. Turner 21 7 2 2 1 0 1 0 3/4 1/1 0/0 0 2 13 -20
A. Aminu 26 3 6 0 1 2 1 2 1/9 1/8 0/0 0 6 11 -36
J. Layman 9 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 5 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 33 15 3 3 0 0 2 0 7/18 1/5 0/0 1 2 22 -20
J. Nurkic 24 10 1 0 0 0 4 2 4/10 0/0 2/4 1 0 7 -28
E. Turner 21 7 2 2 1 0 1 0 3/4 1/1 0/0 0 2 13 -20
A. Aminu 26 3 6 0 1 2 1 2 1/9 1/8 0/0 0 6 11 -36
J. Layman 9 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 5 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Napier 37 14 4 5 3 0 0 1 6/15 1/5 1/2 2 2 31 -17
P. Connaughton 21 12 4 0 0 0 0 3 5/6 1/2 1/2 1 3 16 +10
Z. Collins 17 10 2 2 0 0 0 6 4/6 1/1 1/2 0 2 16 +15
E. Davis 21 8 8 1 0 0 1 2 2/6 0/0 4/6 4 4 17 +11
M. Harkless 19 4 2 0 1 2 0 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 1 9 +4
C. Swanigan 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +1
N. Vonleh 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lillard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 85 34 15 6 4 9 19 35/83 6/22 9/16 10 24 150 -85