DENVER – The story of the Portland Trail Blazers’ (1-1) 113-98 win over the hosting Denver Nuggets (0-2) is simply the win itself. Portland snapped a five year drought of failing to capture a victory in the mile high city, which dated back to the 2007-08 season.
“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Blazers’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge said of the win back in December of 2007. Aldridge missed the trip due to an injury at the time. “I stayed home and watched the game… in my theatre. And I haven’t won here since.”
Aldrdige had himself an impressive game all around, finishing 12-of-26 with 25 points and nine rebounds. However, the star of the show was guard Wesley Matthews who finished with his first double-double of the season collecting 21 points and 12 boards. Most impressive was his 7-of-13 shooting and 4-of-4 from three point range.
“Top to bottom, solid win for us,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said.
More importantly than snapping the mile-high drought, Portland captured its first win of the season. The Blazers now sit at the .500 mark with a tough remaining stretch ahead. Saturday the Blazers will host the San Antonio Spurs (2-0) then the Dwight Howard-led Houston Rockets (2-0) on Tuesday.