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Nuggets Start Preseason With Game Against Portland

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points to lead all scorers, as the Denver Nuggets notched a 109-99 preseason victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Anthony, the topic of many trade rumors, shot 7-for-12 from the floor and 3- for-4 from three-point range for the Nuggets in the win. Shelden Williams added 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Arron Afflalo had 18 points.

J.R. Smith contributed four three-pointers for 12 points.

Luke Babbitt came off the bench to score 18 for the Blazers in defeat. Dante Cunningham had 15 points and 10 boards, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 11.

Portland found out Friday that forward Jeff Pendergraph tore his anterior cruciate ligament. No timetable has been set for his return.