Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Friday, November 4th
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Game 2: Wednesday, January 25th
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Game 3: Saturday, February 4th
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Game 4: Monday, April 10th
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Trail Blazers 68

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Nuggets 107

(1-2, 1-1 home)

    Coverage: ALT

    7:00 PM ET, November 4, 2005

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 17 19 21 1168
    DEN 30 20 27 30107

    Top Performers

    Por: D. Miles 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Den: M. Camby 23 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 6 Blk

    Camby leads Nuggets to blowout win over Blazers

    DENVER (AP) -- In search of their first win this season, the Denver Nuggets were glad to have George Karl back on their bench and the perfect opponent sitting on the other one.

    Marcus Camby had 23 points and 17 rebounds Friday night to lead the Nuggets to a 107-68 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Karl's return from a two-game suspension to open the year.

    "I get to express my feelings a little easier, rather than letting them fester and kill inside," Karl said.

    Carmelo Anthony had 14 points and Voshon Lenard came two assists shy of a triple-double for the Nuggets, who won their first game of the season after losses to the Spurs and Lakers.

    Darius Miles had 13 points to lead the Blazers, who did nothing to debunk the theory that they could be the worst team in the Western Conference -- maybe the entire league -- this season.

    "I don't like losing like this," Miles said. "This was ridiculous."

    Karl, who missed the games for violating rules that forbid contact with players not eligible for the NBA draft, said it was almost painful watching his team open the season. Not only did the Nuggets lose, but they did it without running or moving the ball around on offense the way they did when they closed last season 32-8.

    "It's a habit -- running all the time, pushing all the time," Karl said. "We haven't been putting that together for 40, 45 minutes, but we had some good stretches tonight."

    Denver took a 14-point lead at halftime and scored the first nine points of the third quarter to turn the game into a blowout.

    The Blazers, meanwhile, took the fourth quarter off. They went without a field goal for the final 6:28 and without a point for the final 4:38. The 68 points were one more than Denver's franchise record for fewest points allowed.

    "This team was loafing in the fourth quarter," Miles said.

    Camby opened the game with an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Andre Miller (10 assists) and the Nuggets spent most of the night getting easy buckets inside; they had eight dunks in the first half.

    Camby was good from outside, too, spotting up from the top of the key for three open shots in the first quarter to help Denver push the lead to double digits.

    "With George back on the bench, we are sort of a whole unit again," he said.

    Karl was fidgety before the game, eager to get back out on the court. Once the game started, he spent most of the evening pacing in front of his bench, even though the outcome of this game wasn't much in doubt after the first quarter.

    "We caught a young team tonight and jumped on them early," he said.

    He had been disappointed in the pace the Nuggets played at in the first two games, but that wasn't much of a problem in this one. Denver finished with 32 fast-break points and moved the ball in the halfcourt much more easily than in the grind-it-out losses to San Antonio and Los Angeles.

    One problem that wasn't solved, at least not early, was from the 3-point area.

    Although the Nuggets made a couple of long jumpers with players on the line, they made only one 3-pointer over the first 3½ quarters. Only at the end, with the lead at 30-plus points, did they start making them. They finished 4-for-12 and now have made six on the season.

    Lenard, supposedly the team's best 3-point shooter, made his first 3 of the season with 3½ minutes left. He finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, leaving him still in search of his first career triple-double.

    "I didn't know until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter that I was close to a triple-double," Lenard said. "The most important thing was that we got a win and got the monkey off our back. Now we can go out Sunday and try to redeem ourselves" in a game against the Lakers at Los Angeles.

    Game notes

    Nuggets G Earl Watson, who got a $29 million contract in the offseason, made his first appearance of the regular season with 6 minutes left. ... Portland's franchise low for points in a game is 58, in 2001 against Cleveland.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 68 107
    FGM-FGA 29-87 (.333) 47-93 (.505)
    3PM-3PA 3-13 (.231) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 7-20 (.350) 9-16 (.563)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-44 15-60
    Assists 20 34
    Turnovers 19 15
    Steals 7 10
    Blocks 12 14
    Fast Break Points 12 32
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 39

    Top Performers

    Darius Miles Miles
    Points: 13
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Marcus Camby Camby
    Points: 23
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 6