DENVER — The road has not been kind as of late to the Portland Trail Blazers.
After getting blown out Monday night in Phoenix, the Trail Blazers turned in a much better effort the next night in Denver, yet they still ended up losing 111-106 Tuesday at Ball Arena.
“I thought it was a competitive game,” said Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. “I thought the game kind of slowed down in the second half. Their two best players played great. Jokic does a little bit of everything — inside, outside, threes, passing — and Murray had an outstanding fourth quarter.”
The Trail Blazers are now 18-13 overall and 10-7 on the road this season. They have now lost three-straight and the first two games of a three-game road trip that concludes Friday in Los Angeles.
After going down by as many as 11 points in the first quarter on the second night of a back-to-back, Portland got a boost from Carmelo Anthony in the second quarter to get back into the game. The veteran forward put up 16 points in the quarter on 6-of-8 shooting versus the team that selected him with the third pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, allowing the Blazers to outscore the Nuggets by nine and go into the intermission tied at 57-57.
“We rode Melo in the second quarter,” said Stotts. “He was outstanding in the second quarter.”
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