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Trail Blazers score 84 in first half and rout Nuggets, 130-113
Trail Blazers score 84 in first half and rout Nuggets, 130-113

Damian Lillard had 27 points and a season-high nine assists as the Portland Trail Blazers used a big first half to rout the host Denver Nuggets, 130-113, on Wednesday night. The Trail Blazers scored 84 points in the first half, one basket away from matching the team record for a half (86) set against Golden State on Jan. 5, 1986. Portland showed no signs of fatigue, despite expending plenty of energy the night before in coming back from a 23-point deficit to hold off Charlotte at the buzzer. Robin Lopez scored 15 of his 19 points in the decisive first half. LaMarcus Aldridge usually gives the Nuggets nightmares, but he was largely kept in check, finishing with 12 points. He averaged 28.3...

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