The Trail Blazers took Denver's best shot — and the Nuggets took way too many errant shots thanks to Portland's stifling defense.
Damian Lillard scored 14 points in the final period and finished with 28 for the short-handed Trail Blazers in a much-needed 102-94 victory over Utah on Friday night.
San Antonio stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker took the night off Wednesday. No matter. As is usual when the Spurs are without their stars, the rest of the team got the job done.
The Eastern Conference finally stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin — then stopped its losing streak at the NBA All-Star game.
The Clippers and Trail Blazers went back and forth for 48 minutes. When it was over, Los Angeles escaped with perhaps its most satisfying victory of the season — and Portland was saddled with its second heartbreaking loss in 48 hours.
Kevin Durant said the mutual admiration between the Thunder and the Trail Blazers only goes so far.
George Hill knew there was something different about the way he felt when he showed up to the arena Friday. He didn't know it was going to turn out to be a career night.
LaMarcus Aldridge struggled with his shot for much of the game, so the All-Star was confident about his last attempt.
No, confetti didn't fall from the rafters, and there's no parade scheduled for Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets each had two players picked as reserves for the NBA All-Star game, while the Indiana Pacers had to settle for just Roy Hibbert despite the league's best record.
There is something about returning to Portland that brings the best out of Memphis forward Zach Randolph.
Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been pleading with his players to improve their defensive effort and efficiency for most of the last two weeks.
With the Seattle Seahawks just 10 days away from the Super Bowl and the Portland Trail Blazers among the top teams in the NBA's Western Conference, Paul Allen was happy to talk about the success of his teams.
LaMarcus Aldridge's 44-point outburst against the Denver Nuggets came the same day the All-Star starters were announced.