Blazers blow past Denver 99-82

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After dropping consecutive home games, the Blazers needed to get back on track.  They accomplished that Monday with a 99-82 win over the Denver Nuggets, led by great play from the reserves.

“It was a good bounce-back win,” Coach Stotts said postgame.  “Obviously our bench was very good.”

Evan Turner led the second-teamers with 14 points, and Noah Vonleh stood out with his 8 points and 10 rebounds making his second appearance off the bench while Caleb Swanigan started for the first time this season.  Biggie finished with 6 points on 2-for-5 shooting, with 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Stotts said the decision to start Swanigan over Vonleh was “just to change things up.”  When asked if he’ll continue to start Swanigan moving forward, Stotts said, “He’s 1-0, so most likely.”

Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points against his former team, but also committed 7 turnovers.  CJ McCollum also had 17 points while Damian Lillard finished with 15 points on just 4-of-14 shooting.  In his last 3 games, Lillard is shooting 15-for-46 (32.6%), including 3-for-18 from 3-point range over that span (16.6%).

The Blazers improve to 7-6 on the year and host the Orlando Magic (8-6) at Moda Center on Wednesday night.

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