In a thrilling Sunday night showdown, the Denver Nuggets pulled off a late-game comeback to secure a 112-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Nikola Jokic led the charge with an impressive 29 points, while Jamal Murray showcased his skills with 21 points and 10 assists.
The Nuggets had a stellar performance in the fourth quarter, turning the tide in their favor. Peyton Watson, Aaron Gordon, and Michael Porter Jr. each contributed 12 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 11 before exiting the game due to a right hamstring injury.
On the other side, Deandre Ayton had a standout game for the short-handed Portland team, scoring a season-high 27 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Anfernee Simons chipped in with 26 points and nine assists, but the Blazers faced challenges as they played without Malcolm Brogdon, who was sidelined with a right knee contusion. Additionally, Jerami Grant and Shaedon Sharpe were already missing from the lineup.
Despite the Blazers leading for most of the game, their fortunes took a turn in the last 4:17 of the third quarter. Denver capitalized on this opportunity, with Jokic’s layup giving them their first lead at 86-84 heading into the final quarter.
The Nuggets continued their dominance in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Blazers with a 25-4 run. Jamal Murray’s three-pointer and contributions from Reggie Jackson, Peyton Watson, and Aaron Gordon solidified Denver’s lead, reaching its peak at 100-88 with 7:58 remaining.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope extended Denver’s lead with a crucial 3-pointer, marking their largest lead of the game at 15 points. Unfortunately, he had to leave the game 29 seconds later due to a right hamstring issue.
Portland had a strong first half, shooting 10 for 18 from behind the arc and leading by as much as 14 points. However, the Nuggets mounted a comeback, reducing the halftime deficit to 63-60.
In the end, the Nuggets’ late surge proved decisive, securing a well-deserved victory over the Blazers in an action-packed game.