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Blazers welcome Nuggets to great northwest

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers return home from a brutal, but mildly successful road trip Thursday night, when they host Northwest Division rivals, the Denver Nuggets.

Portland won the first two of its four-game set over the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, but dropped the last two versus the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Against the red-hot Thunder on Tuesday, the Blazers, much like everyone else in the NBA, had no answer for Kevin Durant.

Durant scored 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23 to lift the Thunder over the Trail Blazers, 105-97. Durant went 17-of-25 from the field and 6-of-7 from beyond the arc for the Thunder. who took a one-game lead over Portland for first place in the Northwest Division.

LaMarcus Aldridge ended with 29 points and 16 boards for the Blazers. Wesley Matthews tallied 21 points in defeat. Damian Lillard (14), Mo Williams (13) and Robin Lopez (10) also scored in double figures and Lopez also pulled down 10 rebounds.

"It was disappointing to lose the game, but on the road against Oklahoma City if you can put yourself in position to win the game late in the fourth quarter, that's what you want. I thought we played a very good game," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

Aldridge and Lillard received some good news on Thursday morning. They were among the 28 players USA Basketball has selected for its men's national team pool for 2014-16.

Denver's Kenneth Faried also made the list for the American side. The Nuggets could use the good news since they've lost two in a row, three of four and announced on Wednesday that Danilo Gallinari underwent another surgery on his knee and he'd be gone for the season.

On Sunday, the Nuggets were trounced by the Phoenix Suns, 117-103.

Anthony Randolph paced the Nuggets with a season-high 19 points while Ty Lawson, Wilson Chandler and Evan Fournier all notched 17 points. Lawson also handed out 14 assists in the setback.

"It seemed like they were just taking turns scoring on us," said Denver coach Brian Shaw. "You can't continually give up 117 points and expect to win."

During this poor run, the Nuggets have allowed 117 points per game. In their only win over the last four, Denver even surrendered 116 points, but got lucky enough to post 123 of its own.

The Blazers beat the Nuggets by 15 in Denver on Nov. 1 to snap a three-game series losing streak. The Blazers are 8-2 in their last 10 at home against the Nuggets.

01/23 10:26:33 ET

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Wednesday, April 16Full Scoreboard
Chicago86Final(OT) | Box
Charlotte «91
Indiana «101Final | Box
Orlando86
Washington «118Final | Box
Boston102
Brooklyn85Final | Box
Cleveland «114
Dallas105Final(OT) | Box
Memphis «106
Philadelphia «100Final | Box
Miami87
Atlanta «111Final | Box
Milwaukee103
Utah «136Final(2nd OT) | Box
Minnesota130
Houston100Final | Box
New Orleans «105
Toronto92Final | Box
New York «95
Detroit111Final | Box
Oklahoma City «112
LA Lakers «113Final | Box
San Antonio100
Golden State853rd Qtr 0:35 | Box
Denver75CSN-CHI, SportSouth
LA Clippers833rd Qtr 1:57 | Box
Portland78ESPN, CSN-BA+, Altitude
Phoenix854th Qtr 8:08 | Box
Sacramento82FSN-PT, KGW
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 1/2 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 1/2 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 1/2 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 1/2 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 1/2 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 12 1/2 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 12 1/2 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
11th
CWS 4
BOS 4
 
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
 
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
7th
ANA 1
OAK 4
 
7th
SDP 4
COL 1
 
7th
SFG 1
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
3rd
DEN 75
GSW 83
 
3rd
POR 78
LAC 81
 
4th
SAC 80
PHO 79
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
3rd
ANA 4
DAL 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR