Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets center J.J. Hickson (7) during the second half at Pepsi Center. Photo by Chris Humphreys, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Trail Blazers 100, Nuggets 95
Guard Damian Lillard tallied 31 points and nine assists, center Robin Lopez had 12 points and 10 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets.
Nicolas Batum had 16 points and hit a three-pointer with 42.5 seconds left to make it 97-90, and the Nuggets could not mount another rally.
Forward J.J. Hickson had a career-high 25 rebounds and 16 points and guard Randy Foye scored 17 points for Denver (25-31), who has dropped three in a row and eight of its last nine.
Lillard has stepped up his game in the absence of forward LaMarcus Aldridge for the Blazers (39-18).
The point guard is averaging 30 points and eight assists in four games without the team's leading scorer.
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Wizards 115, Magic 106
John Wall scored 27 points and forward Trevor Ariza had 22 as the Washington Wizards downed the Orlando Magic for their season-high fourth straight victory.
Playing without injured forward Nene, the Wizards (29-28) had four starters score at least 21 points, including center Marcin Gortat, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Victor Oladipo scored 26 points and forward Maurice Harkless had 22 for the Magic (17-42).