Playing without Brandon Roy for the second consecutive game, the Portland Trail Blazers looked good once again, defeating the Denver Nuggets 86-83 at the Rose Garden. Wesley Matthews continued to perform well in place of Roy. He recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Matthews and Batum were largely responsible for holding the Nuggets leading scorer Carmelo Anthony to only five field goals. Anthony fouled out of the game with 3 minutes and 35 seconds remaining in the game.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers in scoring with 24 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Andre Miller finished with 16 points and six assists. The Blazers came into the game a day after learning that their number one pick in the 2007 NBA draft, Greg Oden, lost for the season to knee surgery. Portland will take on Utah on Saturday and Brandon Roy will not expect to play in this game.