National Basketball Association
Denver 115, Portland 111
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
#17 Joe Crawford, #42 Eric Lewis, #72 J.T. Orr
Nuggets 115, Trail Blazers 111: Wilson Chandler buried a 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds remaining in overtime to snap a tie and help host Denver extend its season-high winning streak to six games.
Chandler and Corey Brewer opened the fourth quarter with consecutive dunks to increase Denver's advantage to nine points, but the Trail Blazers battled back to tie it on Wesley Matthews' 3-pointer with 32 seconds to go. The Nuggets squandered the lead four times in the extra session until Chandler sank a shot from the left corner to put them ahead for good.
Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points, Ty Lawson added 24 and 12 assists and Kenneth Faried recorded 21 points and 11 rebounds for Denver, which completed a perfect four-game homestand and improved to 15-2 at the Pepsi Center this season.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points, Nicolas Batum chipped in 22 and J.J. Hickson contributed 19 and 13 boards for the Trail Blazers, who have lost three in a row overall and eight straight road meetings with the Nuggets. Portland has not won in Denver since Dec. 16, 2007.
Portland held a two-point lead after one quarter and carried a 57-54 advantage into the break despite allowing Faried to score 13 of Denver's 21 second-quarter points. The Nuggets pulled even on Gallinari's 3-pointer with 9:46 remaining in the third and used an 8-0 run to take a 70-63 lead with 5:03 left in the period.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Both teams were connecting from 3-point range in the first quarter, with Portland sinking 5 of 6 shots from beyond the arc and Denver going 4-for-9. Trail Blazers G Damian Lillard made all three of his 3-point attempts. ... Portland's bench contributed 12 points after entering the game averaging a league-worst 16.9. ... Denver coach George Karl tied Larry Brown for sixth place on the all-time wins list with 1,098.
Top Game Performances
LaMarcus Aldridge 30
Danilo Gallinari 25
Nicolas Batum 7
Ty Lawson 12
J.J. Hickson 13
Kenneth Faried 11
LaMarcus Aldridge 8
||Free Throws Made
Danilo Gallinari 6
Nicolas Batum 2
Kosta Koufos 3
J.J. Hickson 2
Corey Brewer 1
Team Stats Summary
Denver will play their next game on the road against Oklahoma City. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .609 after a win and .588 after a loss.
Portland will play their next game at home against Cleveland. The Trail Blazers have a W/L % of .550 after a win and .500 after a loss.