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Roy, a three-time All-Star, hadn’t played since December 15 due to soreness in his knees, but he returned in a limited role in Wednesday’s loss to the Lakers.
That game also went to overtime.
“When we got it into overtime, we were saying, ’Let’s not let this one slip away,’” Roy, who scored 18 points, said of Portland’s second OT game in three days. “We felt like the Laker game was a winnable game. We were up seven points late and thought we should have won it.”
Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler combined for 50 points in their second game in a Denver uniform, but the Nuggets failed to pick up a third straight win since the blockbuster trade that sent Anthony to the New York Knicks.
“With what we were dealt, and how we reacted to it and what we got done with the limited amount of togetherness that we’ve had — I can’t complain,” said Denver head coach George Karl.
Arron Afflalo had the tying three-point shot in OT and then his jumper with a minute left gave Denver a 106-104 edge.
The Blazers used a foul to give with 9.8 seconds left, and after a timeout, Gallinari’s three-point attempt went in and out of the cylinder. However, the ball was then deflected off the face of Portland’s Andre Miller and out of bounds with 1.8 seconds left, giving Denver one final chance. Afflalo’s desperation shot from the left corner was off the mark.
Gallinari made his Nuggets debut against Boston on Thursday and had just two points, but the 6-foot-10 forward made his presence felt one night later by totaling 30 points and nine boards. Chandler had 20 points, while Nene ended with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The new-look Blazers played without their newest acquisition – Gerald Wallace. He was introduced to the media and crowd, but was not in uniform for the game. He was acquired from Charlotte prior to the trading deadline.
It was a task for the Blazers just to get to OT. Just after Roy’s three-ball, Felton’s jumper gave Denver a seemingly comfortable 96-91 lead with 18.9 seconds left in regulation. Rudy Fernandez then hit a quick three and the Nuggets left the door ajar when Gallinari missed one of his two free throws with 13.8 seconds remaining. Roy took advantage, using a pump fake to get Felton in the air and connecting on a three from the left wing with 5.8 seconds to go.
Ty Lawson came up short on a layup for Denver at the end of regulation.
Portland held a 49-39 lead at the half, but the Nuggets went 12-of-17 from the field in the third, led by 23 points between Gallinari and Chandler, to grab a 72-65 lead going to the fourth.
The host has won the last seven meetings in this series…Miller narrowly missed a triple-double, ending with 18 points, nine boards and nine assists…Fernandez also scored 18, two more than teammate Matthews…Afflalo had 19 points.
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In the waning moments of the Denver Nuggets victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, the frenzied Denver faithful started in on a "Who Needs Melo?" chant. And with the way the team has been playing since Monday's blockbuster trade, the fans had a point.
After dismantling the Memphis Grizzles with a short-bench offensive outpouring on Tuesday night, the Nuggets should their new look and beat the Celtics on the defensive end.
Three of the four new Nuggets saw action on Thursday, with Danilo Gallinari getting the start at small forward, but the "New Nugget of the Night" award went to Wilson Chandler, and his 16 point, five rebound performance.
Tonight, though, the Nuggets travel outside of the Mile High City for the first time since the trade, to face a team one game behind them in the playoff standings. Sitting at 32-25, the Portland Trail Blazers are coming off a loss Wednesday to the Los Angeles Lakers that snapped six game winning streak.
The interesting thing about this matchup is that two of the Blazers are probably more familiar with George Karl's offense than the four new Nuggets. Andre Miller and Marcus Camby are both Nugget alumni, and two of the Blaers leading players. Miller leads the Blazers in assists and steals, while Camby is the team leader in rebounds and blocks. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the Blazers in scoring at 22.4 points per game.
Don't be surprised to see Wilson Chandler continue to get minutes. About Chandler, Karl told Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post, "He plays hard, man. I'm a big fan of Arron (Afflalo's toughness), but I think Wilson has a great motor to be competitive, and his defensive instincts were very aware - he made some reads and helps that we haven't had in our front line a lot this year."
Consecutive late starts for the Nuggets, as tonight's game again tips at 8:30 p.m. MT and can be seen nationally on ESPN.