Damian Lillard scored 45 factors, Gary Trent Jr. continued his scorching capturing and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 125-115 Thursday night time to win for the third time in 4 tries on the NBA bubble in Florida.

With the win, the ninth-place Blazers moved to inside a half-game of the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies within the Western Conference playoff race. They additionally opened up a 1 1/2-game lead over the opposite groups lurking behind them within the West.

Lillard hit 11 of 18 three-pointers and in addition added 12 assists to energy the Blazers previous the Nuggets. Trent made 7 of 10 threes and completed with 27 factors. And Jusuf Nurkic flushed dunk after dunk so as to add 22 factors and 7 rebounds.

The Blazers made a franchise-record 23 three-pointers general, making 59% of their 39 makes an attempt.

Michael Porter Jr. led Denver with 27 factors and 12 rebounds.

Here’s a recap of how the sport unfolded.


With underneath Four minutes to go, the Blazers get a turnover as Denver’s Bol Bol steps out of bounds. Jusuf Nurkic dunks it off a go from Lillard, and the Blazers’ lead is seven at 115-108. Now Nurkic forces one other Denver turnover. Lillard finds Gary Trent Jr., who hits a three-pointer to place the Blazers up 118-108. And the Nuggets take a timeout with 2:59 to play. Out of a timeout, Keita Bates-Diop hits a 3, and Denver cuts Portland’s result in 118-111. A bit later, Mason Plumlee is fouled, and he heads to the road without spending a dime throws with 1:49 to go. Plumlee hits 1 of two, and the Blazers lead it 118-112 with 1:35 left. Lillard drives, then kicks it out to Gary Trent Jr., and he hits his seventh three of the sport. The Blazers lead it 121-112. PJ Dozier solutions with a 3. Now Nurkic dunks, and the Blazers are up 123-115. Under a minute to go, and the Nuggets flip it over with 45.Eight left. Lillard hits a layup. The Nuggets miss. And that may do it. The Blazers win 125-115, choosing up their third win in 4 tries on the NBA bubble.

Gary Trent Jr. with a steal, however the Blazers can’t capitalize as CJ McCollum misses a 3. PJ Dozier scores for Denver, and the Nuggets return on high at 106-105 with 5:38 to play. Timeout Blazers. Jusuf Nurkic finds Zach Collins, who dunks it, and the Blazers are up 107-106 on the 5-minute mark. Damian Lillard makes his 11th three of the sport. Dozier hits a jumper, and it’s a 110-108 Blazers lead. Then the Nuggets get whistled for a goaltend on a Nurkic shot. The Blazers lead 112-108 with Four minutes to play. Nurkic heads to the road and makes 1 of two free throws to make it 113-108.

Mason Plumlee scores and attracts the foul in opposition to his former staff. He hits the free throw to place Denver up 98-95 with 9:30 to go. On the Blazers’ subsequent journey down, Damian Lillard feeds Jusuf Nurkic for a dunk off the choose and roll. Moments later, Lillard hits his 10th three-pointer of the sport and the Blazers go up 100-98. Michael Porter Jr. solutions with a 3, and the Nuggets lead 101-100. CJ McCollum hits a 3, and the Blazers are up 103-101 now. Under Eight minutes to play.

Hassan Whiteside has his shot blocked by Bol Bol, but it surely’s underneath video evaluation to find out whether or not it was a block or a goaltend. The Nuggets’ problem pays off. It’s a clear block, and Denver’s ball. So the rating stays 92-87 early within the fourth quarter. Mason Plumlee converts a three-point play, and the Blazers’ lead is all the way down to 92-90. Gary Trent Jr. misses a three-pointer, and on the opposite finish, Hassan Whiteside fouls Michael Porter Jr. on the layup, which is sweet. So the Nuggets can take their first lead in a very long time now. Porter hits the free throw, and Denver leads 93-92 with 10:57 to go. Trent hits one other three, and the Blazers return up 95-93. Then Bol ties it up at 95-95 with a dunk.


Mason Plumlee dunks, and the Blazers’ lead is 87-80. On the opposite finish, Gary Trent Jr.‘s floater won’t go. Another Plumlee jam makes it 87-82 with about 1:30 to go within the quarter. Damian Lillard is fouled, and he’ll head to the road without spending a dime throws. Lillard hits each free throws. Moments later, after a Lillard three rolls off, the Nuggets reduce the Blazers’ result in 89-85 on Bol Bol’s tip. Now underneath a minute left within the quarter. Lillard misses two free throws. Carmelo Anthony fouls Jerami Grant, who hits two free throws. The Blazers, clinging to an 89-87 lead, take a timeout with 15.Eight seconds to go within the third. After the timeout, Gary Trent Jr. beats the buzzer with a three-pointer on the help from Lillard, and the Blazers head to the fourth quarter with a 92-87 lead. Trent now has 18 factors and has knocked down all 4 of his three-point makes an attempt.

Denver’s Torrey Craig hits a 3, and the Nuggets pull inside 80-75. The Blazers flip it over, however then they get it again on the opposite finish. Damian Lillard hits a 3 and is fouled on the shot by Craig. Lillard makes the free throw, and he has 30 factors now because the Blazers lead it 84-75. Lillard pulls up from three-point land once more, on the left wing, and he hits one other one. That’s eight for the sport, and now he has 33 factors for the sport. The Blazers lead 87-75 with 3:18 left within the third quarter. As a staff, the Blazers have hit 16 of 24 threes (66.7%).

Nikola Jokic is as much as 11 assists for the Nuggets after feeding Jerami Grant for a dunk. Damian Lillard drains a deep three from the wing, and the Blazers lead it 76-64 with 7:01 to play within the third quarter. Two minutes later, Lillard drives and feeds Jusuf Nurkic for the dunk. The Blazers go up 80-70. Jokic scores on the opposite finish to make it 80-72, and there’s a timeout on the ground with 4:42 to play within the third.

The Blazers nonetheless maintain a double-digit lead Three 1/2 minutes into the third quarter, at 70-59. Zach Collins hit a 3 on a pleasant feed from Damian Lillard, after which CJ McCollum knocked down a 3. The Blazers are actually 13 of 20 on threes for the sport — 65%.


Damian Lillard hit 6 of 9 three-pointers within the first half, and he leads the Blazers on the half with 20 factors. Lillard additionally has three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Gary Trent Jr. added 15 factors and hit all three of his three-point makes an attempt. Jusuf Nurkic has 9 factors, Carmelo Anthony has seven and CJ McCollum has 5. McCollum shot simply 2 of 10 within the first half. The Blazers shot 24 of 50 general (48%) and a scorching 11 of 18 (61.1%) from three-point vary. Denver shot 44.4% general, and made 5 of 14 threes (35.7%). Michael Porter Jr. has 12 factors for Denver, with Monte Morris including eight. Torrey Craig and Jerami Grant scored seven apiece, and Nikola Jokic added six factors, three rebounds and eight assists.


The Nuggets get consecutive threes from Torrey Craig and Bol Bol to tug inside 48-40, however then Gary Trent Jr. scores to make it 50-40. Minutes later, Jusuf Nurkic dunks proper over Bol Bol, and will get fouled. He converts the three-point play, and the Blazers lead it 53-42 on the 3-minute mark of the quarter. Nikola Jokic then will get a jumper to bounce in, and it’s 53-44. Damian Lillard and Nurkic run a pleasant choose and roll that results in a Nurkic dunk. Now an offensive foul on Jokic with 2:08 to go. Now Lillard and Trent run the break, and Trent dunks it. Lillard pulls up for a deep three, and it’s a bit off. Under a minute to play now. Lillard finds Nurkic for the alley-oop dunk and the Blazers are up 59-46. The Nuggets get a 3 from Jerami Grant to make it 59-49. The Blazers maintain for the final shot. Lillard unloads for a 3 that’s a graceful, and the Blazers lead it 62-49 on the half.

Carmelo Anthony hits a three-pointer that places the Blazers up 39-30 with about Eight minutes to go within the second quarter. Former Oregon Ducks star Bol Bol makes a pleasant transfer for a dunk for Denver. Anfernee Simons jukes Mason Plumlee to get to the rim, and he scores on a goaltending name. The Blazers lead it 41-32 midway by the quarter. After Whiteside hits a turnaround jumper, the Blazers lead 43-32 and the Nuggets name a timeout with 5:47 left within the half.

Carmelo Anthony opens the second quarter scoring for the Blazers with a brief jumper adopted by a free throw as a result of he drew a foul on the shot. Now Hassan Whiteside swats a Mason Plumlee shot. A bit later, Gary Trent Jr. hits one other three, and the Blazers are up 33-28. Make it two in a row for Trent, and the Blazers now lead it 36-28 with 10:08 to go within the second quarter.


Gary Trent Jr. with a jumper after which a three-pointer, and the Blazers go up 26-22. Late within the quarter now, Carmelo Anthony will get fouled on a pull-up jumper, and he’ll head to the free throw line. Anthony hits 1 of two free throws. The quarter ends, and the Blazers maintain a 27-26 lead.

After the timeout, Damian Lillard hits consecutive three-pointers to shortly reduce Denver’s result in 20-18. Now Lillard hits one other three, and the Blazers lead it 21-20 with 4:01 to go within the quarter. He is Four for Four from three-point vary and has 14 factors on 5-of-6 capturing.

The Nuggets maintain the lead within the opening minutes. A Jusuf Nurkic flip shot cuts Denver’s result in 16-12, however Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. is off to a sizzling begin. has 10 factors in six minutes and his brief jumper places the Nuggets up 18-12. It’s 20-12 on the 6:02 mark, and there’s a timeout on the ground.


What: Portland Trail Blazers (31-38) vs. Denver Nuggets (44-23), 5 p.m. PT Thursday.

Where: Visa Athletic Center, Orlando, Florida

TV channel: NBC Sports Northwest (In Portland: Comcast 37/737).

How to observe stay stream on-line: You can watch this recreation stay together with your cable supplier login info on NBC Sports Live, or you possibly can watch the sport stay for FREE with FuboTV (free trial). You may also get this recreation on Hulu + Live (free trial), in the event you want these platforms and their pricing plans. There are quite a lot of different streaming choices you possibly can attempt: www.nba.com/blazers/watch.


The Nuggets on Wednesday did their half to make that an excellent day for the Blazers. Denver is coming off of 132-126 win over San Antonio (29-38) that knocked the Spurs down a peg and left ninth-place Portland with a one-game lead over them and New Orleans (29-38). For Denver, the win edged it nearer to the second-place Los Angeles Clippers (45-22).

“This was a very important win,” Denver coach Michael Malone advised reporters. “We’re a half game behind the Clippers. We’ve assured ourselves of not dropping no lower than sixth in the seedings. Hopefully we can try to get another one tomorrow night against a very talented Portland team.”

The apparent benefit for Portland on Thursday night time is that the Nuggets might be enjoying a back-to-back, one thing the Blazers will do that weekend, beginning with the Clippers on Saturday and ending with Philadelphia (41-27) on Sunday.

The Blazers will even be helped this time round in opposition to the Nuggets with the supply of Jusuf Nurkic and energy ahead Zach Collins. Neither performed within the three prior video games in opposition to Denver this season, whereas Nikola Jokic averaged 23 factors, 12.Three rebounds and 5.7 assists in opposition to the Blazers.

On the opposite hand, Denver didn’t have Michael Porter Jr. for 2 of these video games and he noticed solely 10 minutes within the one recreation he did seem in in opposition to Portland. Porter, whose draft inventory in 2018 was harm by a critical again harm, is trying just like the participant many projected to be a No. 1 general choice that yr. Denver chosen him at No. 14.

Porter sat out his rookie season to rehabilitate his again. This season, In 51 video games, Porter is averaging 8.5 factors and 4.5 rebounds per contest. Then he hit the bubble. Over his final two outings, Porter is averaging 33.5 factors and 13.5 rebounds whereas capturing 65.7% from the ground. He’s additionally made 9 of 15 three-point makes an attempt.

No phrase but on the supply of guard Jamal Murray, who missed the San Antonio recreation with a hamstring harm.

There are two different video games on the Thursday schedule that matter to Portland. The Pelicans play the primary of two video games in opposition to Sacramento (28-39). The Kings sit 13th within the West. The Trail Blazers will surely want to see the Kings win that recreation provided that the Pelicans have a far simpler schedule down the stretch.

Also, 12th-place Phoenix (29-39) takes on Indiana (42-26). A Pacers victory over the Suns would clearly assist Portland’s trigger.


Blazers: Forwards Trevor Ariza and Caleb Swanigan opted out of the NBA bubble.

Nuggets: Denver has but to replace its harm record following Wednesday’s win. Murray was listed as day-to-day with a hamstring harm. He missed Wednesday’s recreation in opposition to the Spurs. Also out on Wednesday had been guards Will Barton (knee) and Gary Harris (hip).

— Aaron Fentress | afentress@oregonian.com | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).

Subscribe to Oregonian/OregonLive newsletters and podcasts for the most recent information and high tales