Aldridge leads Blazers over Nuggets with 20 points
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds in Portland's 93-75 win over Denver in an exhibition game Tuesday.
Damian Lillard had 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with six assists for the Blazers at the Coors Event Center. Wesley Matthews went 4 for 7 from beyond the arc for 17 points for Portland, which won its third straight game.
While Wilson Chandler had a team-high 13 points and Darrell Arthur added 10 points, the Nuggets shot just 33 percent from the field in their fourth loss in five games.
The Trail Blazers are out to prove last year's Western Conference semifinals run wasn't their last. The Trail Blazers grabbed their first lead on a 20-foot Aldridge jumper with 10:06 left in the first quarter and never let it go.
The Nuggets, meanwhile, ended each half poorly, scoring 12 points in the second quarter and only 16 in the fourth.
The Nuggets: JaVale McGee returned to the court for the first time since suffering a stress fracture in his leg and playing just five games last season. He scored one point, went 0-for-3 from the field and grabbed two rebounds in just over 10 minutes of play. . Ty Lawson sat out with sore hamstring and is considered day-to-day.
The Blazers: The 7-foot-tall Robin Lopez scored four of his six points by going one-on-one with 5-foot-9 Nuggets guard Nate Robinson, who was forced to foul Lopez twice under the hoop. . Denver has two more exhibition games before hosting the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder to open the season Oct. 29.
Denver visits Golden State on Friday.
The Blazers travel to face the Lakers on Wednesday.