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Lillard leads Portland past Denver 100-95

By: The Associated Press
February 25, 2014 Updated: February 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm
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photo - Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, left, flies over Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov, of Russia, to dunk the ball for a basket in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, left, flies over Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov, of Russia, to dunk the ball for a basket in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) 

DENVER — Damian Lillard made up for the absence of fellow All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge by scoring 31 points in the Portland Trail Blazers' 100-95 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.

Lillard scored 12 in the third quarter when it looked as if the Blazers were headed for a blowout win, but he saved his biggest shots for late in the fourth after the Nuggets had trimmed an 18-point deficit to two.

The Blazers again went with a smaller lineup with Aldridge missing his fourth straight game with a strained left groin, and Dorell Wright helped make up for Aldridge's team-high 23.9 points and 11.4 rebounds by giving Denver another long-range shooter to defend.

Randy Foye led Denver with 17 points.

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