Camby, Nuggets roll past Blazers
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Marcus Camby scored a game-high 23 points with
17 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a convincing 107-68 victory over the
Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center.
Voshon Lenard chipped in 17 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists, while
Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points for the Nuggets, who won their first game
after losing two straight to start the season.
Andre Miller dished out 10 assists for Denver, which outscored Portland 30-
to-11 in the fourth quarter.
Denver head coach George Karl returned to the bench after serving a two-game
suspension for violating league rules that prohibits contact between NBA
players not eligible for the draft.
“We caught a young team and jumped on them early,” said Karl. “We rebounded
the ball well, especially our guards and that leads to instant fast breaks.”
Darius Miles led Portland with 13 points, while Zach Randolph added 12 for the
Trail Blazers, who never led in the contest. Miles and Randolph each pulled
down eight rebounds in the loss.
Portland managed only 12 fast break points to Denver’s 32, as the Trail
Blazers are now 0-2 on the young season.
In the first quarter, Denver found itself with just a two point lead after a
Randolph basket made it 14-12 just over five minutes into the first. The
Nuggets then used a 6-0 run, capped with a Miller jump shot, to go up 20-12
and Denver would later close out the frame on a 10-2 run for a 30-17 first
Miles would pull the Trail Blazers to within 32-23 before Earl Boykins’
jumper just under three minutes into the second frame started a 17-7 Nugget
run that was capped with a Camby basket with 3:32 left in the first half. Both
teams would then go cold and Denver led at the half 50-36.
The Nuggets opened up the third frame with a 9-0 run and
Camby’s basket midway through the third extended Denver’s lead to 64-42. The
quarter stayed all Denver as an Eduardo Najera’s free throw kept the Nuggets
up by 22 at 70-48 with three minutes left in the quarter and Boykins’ jump
shot with just five seconds remaining in the stanza staked the Nuggets to a
77-57 lead heading into the fourth.
“George told us to go out and just play fast tonight,” said Camby. “If we
continue to play like we did tonight and continue getting better, we shouldn’t
have any problems.”
Denver stayed on top as Francisco Elson’s basket put the home team up 82-57 to
finish off a 5-0 run to start the frame. However, Portland would run off eight
straight points to cut it to 82-65 but would get no closer and the Nuggets
ended the last 4:30 of the game on a 16-0 run to account for the final score.
This was the second straight game for Portland on the road…Portland still
leads the all-time series 72-55, but Denver leads 41-22 at home…Camby
recorded his second straight double-double. He netted 19 points and 14
rebounds against the Lakers on Wednesday…The Nuggets have now won four
straight against Portland…Ruben Patterson scored 10 points off the bench for
the Trail Blazers.