Nuggets head to Portland seeking to end Pacific NW drought

Denver has dropped six straight at the Rose Garden since Oct. 29, 2009
by Aaron Lopez

Ty Lawson scored seven points in his second career NBA game when the Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden on Oct. 29, 2009.

He and his Denver teammates have been searching for success in the Pacific Northwest ever since.

The Nuggets (36-22) will try to end their six-game losing streak at the Rose Garden tonight when they face the Trail Blazers (8:30 MT, Altitude/ESPN) in a nationally televised game.

“It’s huge,” Lawson said. “They always play well at home. We have to come out strong and stay with our concepts and everything will take care of itself.”

Few point guards in the NBA have been playing better than Lawson of late. He is averaging 20.8 points and 7.6 assists while shooting .497 from the field over his past 20 games.

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Jrue Holiday of the Philadelphia 76ers are the only other point guards averaging at least 20 points and 7.5 assists during that span.

Lawson’s backcourt mate Andre Iguodala also has been active in the offense recently. In addition to playing his usually steady defense, he has handed out 34 assists in four games since the All-Star break.

Iguodala and Lawson combined for 20 of Denver’s 30 assists in Monday night’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Several of those came in transition as the Nuggets recorded a season-high 33 fast-break points.

Denver will try to get out and run again against the Trail Blazers (26-30), who ended a seven-game losing streak Monday as they pursue the final Western Conference playoff spot.

The Nuggets scored 31 fast-break points at Portland on Dec. 20. The success in transition was offset by an 0-for-22 night from 3-point range as Denver lost 101-93.


WHEN: 8:30 p.m. MT
WHERE: Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.
TV; RADIO: Altitude, ESPN; 104.3 FM, AM-950


F Danilo Gallinari
F Kenneth Faried
C Kosta Koufos
G Andre Iguodala
G Ty Lawson

F Nicolas Batum
F LaMarcus Aldridge
C J.J. Hickson
G Wesley Matthews
G Damian Lillard

Danilo Gallinari (left thigh bruise) is day-to-day.
PORTLAND: Elliot Williams (Achilles' tendon) is out.

The Nuggets are 2-1 against the Lakers this season and have won nine of the last 15 regular season meetings … Denver has won nine of the last 13 regular season home games against Los Angeles at Pepsi Center, dating back to the 2005-06 season … Denver has only won five of their past 31 road games against the L.A. Lakers dating back to the 1996-97 season … The Nuggets won the season series with the Lakers in 2009-10 (3-1) and 2010-11 (2-1), marking only their second and third season series wins over Los Angeles since 1994-95 (won 3-1 in 2006-07) … On 2/27/09, the Lakers shot just .298 (28-94) FG, their second-worst FG percentage since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. On 11/13/09, the Lakers managed just 23 second half points (a record for fewest points in a half) and just eight points in the third quarter (a Nuggets record for fewest points allowed in a quarter)