National Basketball Association
Portland 117, Denver 97
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 4, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
#26 Pat Fraher, #14 Ed Malloy, #72 J.T. Orr
Reserve Nicolas Batum recorded a career-high 33 points and a franchise-record nine 3-pointers, and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points as the Portland Trail Blazers continued their home dominance with a 117-97 victory over the weary Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
Marcus Camby had 20 rebounds and Gerald Wallace scored 17 points as the Trail Blazers improved to 11-1 at home this season and beat the Nuggets for the fifth straight time at the Rose Garden.
Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points and Kosta Koufos added a season-high 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for Denver, which was playing its third game in three nights in three cities and fell to 19-58 all-time in Portland. Ty Lawson added 16 points.
Denver scored 10 straight points spanning halftime to get to within two before Portland steadily pulled away. Batum brought the 171st straight sellout crowd at the Rose Garden to its feet with a 3-pointer to give the Trail Blazers their biggest lead of the third quarter, 85-67.
Batum, who missed the last two games with a knee injury, played 25 minutes and was 11 for 19 from the field, including 9 for 15 from 3-point range. Portland was 15 for 33 from beyond the arc.
The Trail Blazers led by as many as 27 in the fourth quarter.
Koufos started in place of Timofey Mozgov, who injured his ankle Friday and did not make the trip to Portland.
Top Game Performances
Danilo Gallinari 20
Nicolas Batum 33
Ty Lawson 5
Jamal Crawford 8
Kosta Koufos 12
Marcus Camby 20
Corey Brewer 6
||Free Throws Made
LaMarcus Aldridge 3
Corey Brewer 2
Nicolas Batum 3
Corey Brewer 1
Marcus Camby 2
Team Stats Summary
Portland will play their next game at home against Oklahoma City. The Trail Blazers have a W/L % of .385 after a win and .818 after a loss.
Denver will play their next game at home against Houston. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .688 after a win and .500 after a loss.