Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 10/29

Game 1: Thursday, October 29th
Nuggets97Final
Trail Blazers94
Game 2: Friday, December 25th
Nuggets96Final
Trail Blazers107
Game 3: Sunday, March 7th
Trail Blazers106Final
Nuggets118
Game 4: Thursday, April 1st
Trail Blazers92Final
Nuggets109

Nuggets 96

(20-10, 7-9 away)

Trail Blazers 107

(20-12, 11-4 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    10:30 PM ET, December 25, 2009

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 31 20 25 2096
    POR 24 25 25 33107

    Top Performers

    Den: C. Anthony 32 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast

    Por: B. Roy 41 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Roy overcomes sore shoulder to lead Blazers to win

    Associated Press

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Brandon Roy learned from Portland's loss on Christmas last season, so he pared down his holiday schedule to make sure he was prepared to face Denver this year.

    He sure looked ready.

    Roy had 41 points while wearing a thin brace to protect his sore left shoulder and Steve Blake added 17 to lead the Trail Blazers to a 107-96 win over the Nuggets on Friday night.

    Roy, who missed Wednesday's win at San Antonio, had 25 points in the first half and made a career-high 16 field goals for Portland, which has won four straight and six of seven despite a spate of injuries. The Trail Blazers lost 102-94 to Dallas last Christmas, when Roy finished with 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting.

    This holiday matchup went much better.

    "It was Christmas Day, and I didn't feel like a prepared the team last year -- when we came out, we enjoyed the day a little too much," Roy said. "Today I was focused all day long and I wanted to come out and play well tonight."

    Blake hit five 3-pointers, including three in the final 4:05 as the Blazers pulled away. Andre Miller had 14 points and eight rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge had 10 points and 13 boards.

    Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and nine rebounds, reserve J.R. Smith scored 20 and Kenyon Martin had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Northwest Division-leading Nuggets, who have dropped four straight road games.

    Chauncey Billups, who missed three games with a groin injury, returned to Denver's starting lineup. He had 10 points and five assists, but sat out the second half as a precaution. Denver is off Saturday but plays back-to-back games against Dallas and Sacramento starting Sunday.

    "I think without Chauncey the balance of our offense gets out of sync a little bit too much," Denver coach George Karl said. "That's on me."

    Portland has had a series of injuries -- center Joel Przybilla underwent season-ending right knee surgery Thursday -- but has managed to keep it together.

    "We've tried to focus hard and be one unit, and it's been coming together," Aldridge said. "We've been playing really solid basketball."

    The Nuggets led 76-74 after three quarters but couldn't stop Roy and Blake in the fourth. Roy hit a 3-pointer from the corner, LaMarcus Aldridge powered in a layup and Roy added another 3 to put Portland up 93-85 with 6:01 remaining. Blake's three 3s in the final minutes helped the Trail Blazers extend the lead.

    Anthony helped Denver get off to a quick start. His second-quarter dunk gave the Nuggets a 35-26 lead but Portland closed to 51-49 at halftime.

    Game notes


    Denver lost for the first time this season when carrying a lead into the final period. The Nuggets are 16-1 when leading after the third. ... The Nuggets beat Portland 97-94 at the Rose Garden on Oct. 29. ... The Blazers are 14-2 when playing on Christmas.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEN
    POR
    Points 96 107
    FGM-FGA 37-82 (.451) 40-76 (.526)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 11-21 (.524)
    FTM-FTA 17-21 (.810) 16-20 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-35 10-38
    Assists 14 26
    Turnovers 9 11
    Steals 5 3
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 4 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/1) 22 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 10 13

    Top Performers

    Denver
    Portland
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 32
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Brandon Roy Roy
    Points: 41
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0