The Nuggets Beat the Trail Blazers Despite Losing Faried to Injury
Nuggets win franchise-best 55th with 118-109 win
Andre Iguodala scored 28 points and the Denver Nuggets set an NBA franchise record with their 55th win Sunday, beating the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers 118-109 but losing another starter.
On the day Ty Lawson (right heel) returned to Denver's starting lineup for the first time since March 27, forward Kenneth Faried sprained his left ankle in the opening minutes while driving for a layup. X-rays were negative and the Nuggets said he's day to day.
Rookie Evan Fournier scored 24 points in his second career start, sinking a pair of crucial 3-pointers in the closing minutes after the Trail Blazers had cut a 20-point deficit to 104-101 with 3:33 left. Reserve Anthony Randolph added 18 points.
Rookie Damian Lillard led Portland with 30 points but also had eight of the Trail Blazers' 23 turnovers as they lost their 11th straight game.
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