2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
35-39, 4th in Northwest
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Nurkic has career night as Blazers beat Nuggets (1:29)
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Portland lets Nurkic hear it after monster game (0:21)

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

In a matchup of the top two contenders for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the visiting Denver Nuggets 122-113 Tuesday to claim the head-to-head tiebreaker with a 3-1 series victory. Former Denver center Jusuf Nurkic battered his former team for a career-high 33 points and 15 rebounds and CJ McCollum scored 39 as Portland took a one-game lead in the standings.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

A win tonight was crucial to Denver's playoff hopes given Portland's home-heavy schedule. The Blazers came into the game the heavy favorites in FiveThirtyEight's projections, earning the eighth seed in 83 percent of simulations. Down 10 with three minutes left, the Nuggets will need a huge comeback to win.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

As much as it feels like Portland is in control of this game at home, Denver trails by just six points with 4:51 remaining.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

CJ McCollum's great game has been overshadowed by Jusuf Nurkic's career-high 29 points. McCollum now has 35 on 14-of-22 shooting. Blazers 107-96.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Portland has opened up a 95-85 lead heading to the fourth thanks to (gasp!) defense. The Blazers held Denver to 34.8 percent shooting in the third.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Stotts narrowly avoided a technical foul after voicing his displeasure with Courtney Kirkland during the timeout. Stotts is presumably still upset at back-to-back charges on Jusuf Nurkic.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

After 14 ties and seven lead changes, the Blazers have opened up their biggest lead over Denver at 81-76. Jusuf Nurkic (27 points, 12 boards) has a double-double.

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Nurkic caps 21-point first half with dunk (0:26)

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The first half of Nuggets-Blazers delivered all the excitement and offensive fireworks we expected. Portland leads 66-64 at the break behind 21 points and eight boards from Jusuf Nurkic and 20 from CJ McCollum. Meanwhile, Denver's Nikola Jokic is halfway to a triple-double with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

After trailing by as many as seven early in the second quarter, the Blazers have taken a 56-52 lead with a 10-0 run capped by a Damian Lillard 3.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Blazers down just four despite Denver shooting 56.3 percent thanks to shot volume edge. Portland has seven offensive boards and only one turnover.

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Faried gets the putback dunk off his own miss (0:24)

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Jusuf Nurkic had 13 points and four rebounds in the first quarter, but Denver still leads 35-32 thanks to 61.9 percent shooting.

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Lillard soars for reverse layup (0:28)
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Vonleh posterizes Jokic to his teammates' delight (0:24)
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Nurkic scores over former teammate Jokic (0:19)

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Playing his former team, Jusuf Nurkic is soaking in the cheers from his new home crowd in Portland. Nurkic has nine points midway through the first quarter.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Tipoff in Portland of a game that will help determine the eighth seed in the West between the Nuggets and Blazers.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Nuggets and Trail Blazers enter their matchup with identical 35-38 records and tied for the No. 8 seed in the West. If Portland wins on Tuesday night, it will clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker (Blazers lead season series 2-1). How close are these teams? Denver has outscored Portland 116.7-115.7 on average this season.

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Pelicans cruise past Nuggets (0:55)

Team Stats

Points Per Game111.43rd
Rebounds Per Game46.31st
Assists Per Game25.13rd
Points Allowed111.327th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2016-173539.473
2015-163349.402
2014-153052.366
2013-143646.439
2012-135725.695