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Nuggs stay close throughout, but can't beat Blazers in second meeting of week

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Despite holding the Portland Trail Blazers to an atrocious 18 percent from three in last night's game, the Denver Nuggets couldn't outlast their opponents for a second time in a single week.

Losing 100-95, not but five days ago at home in another close battle, last night's contest was no different as the Blazers snuck by with a 102-96 victory.

Even outscoring the home team in the fourth quarter wasn't enough for the Nuggs to bring home a victory to the Mile High city. Out rebounded 52-40, and once again shooting just 65 percent from the charity strike to the Blazers 95; the Nuggs couldn't find a way to win.

The return's of both Wilson Chandler and Darrell Arthur also didn't make the impact one had hoped for. With Chandler shooting a horrendous 4-12 from the field, and Arthur only allowed 15 minutes of playing time, Denver couldn't get out of their own way. The only star for the team came in the form of Kenneth Faried, who messed around and got a double-double with his 16 points and 10 rebounds, five of which were on the offensive boards. However, it proved to be too little, too late for the big man.

This closes out the four game series between the two teams, all of which Portland has won. However, every meeting, with the exception of their first was decided by six points or less. This is a promising sign for the Nuggets, as they will have another four meetings next year in a renewed rivalry of these two Northwest Division contenders.

These two seem to be going in different directions, as the Blazers continue to climb the ladder of the West and the Nuggs continue to tumble down it. The Nuggets are now 1-9 in their last ten games to the Blazers 6-4.

Luckily for the Nuggs, four out of their next six opponents have losing records, so maybe they can get back on track before they have to face the defending NBA champs, the Miami Heat, in South Beach on Mar. 14.

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