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Denver Nuggets Team Report – March 7

=== Denver Nuggets Team Report – March 7 ===

(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets try to extend their season-high
winning streak to seven games, as they welcome the struggling Portland Trail
Blazers on Monday to the Pepsi Center.

It will be the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On February
2nd, the Trail Blazers defeated the Nuggets, 97-94, at the Rose Garden. With
the win, Portland snapped a four-game series losing streak. The teams will
play again on April 2nd at Portland and on April 19th at the Pepsi Center.

The home team has won 13 of the last 17 meetings in this series. The Nuggets
have won seven of the last 10 contests. Portland has lost two straight and
eight of its last 10 at Denver.

On Saturday, Earl Boykins scored 22 points to lead the red-hot Nuggets to a
105-89 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Carmelo Anthony
added 21 points, while Marcus Camby finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds
for the Nuggets.

Denver outscored its opponent 58-27 edge off the bench and made 8-of-12 three-
pointers, compared to only 1-of-7 shooting from behind the arc by the

Under the guidance of head coach George Karl, the Nuggets have compiled a 13-4
record. Karl became the team’s general on January 27th when he replaced
interim head coach Michael Cooper.

The Nuggets, who have allowed under 100 points in 15 of their last 16
contests, are 18-9 as the host this season. Denver has won seven in a row at
the Pepsi Center.

Denver will have a few days off before it plays a pair of tough games over the
weerkend. The Nuggets will visit the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday and will
return to the Pepsi Center on Sunday to host the explosive Phoenix Suns.
Denver is 0-2 against the Spurs this season and 0-1 versus the Suns.

On the injury front, forward Kenyon Martin (left knee tendinitis) is
questionable for Monday’s game. Martin has missed Denver’s last two games and
has been on the sidelines for five games this season.