LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Blazers who have lost five straight at the Pepsi Center. Portland never got going and they were down by seven at halftime, 20 points by the start of the fourth quarter, and they lost by 18 points. Without Marcus Camby, the Nuggets attacked the paint and got to the foul line 26 times to only eight times for the Blazers.
Chauncey Billups led the Nuggets with 18 points and nine assists in the game. All five Denver’s starters scored in double figures with only 18 points from the bench. Portland will get home for a rematch against the Utah Jazz. The Blazers defeated the Jazz 96-91 on Monday.