Feb 3, 2011 1:22 AM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - Nene had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups scored 20 points each and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-90 on Wednesday night.
Wesley Matthews had 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and nine rebounds for Portland.
The injury-riddled Blazers suffered another blow when Matthews sprained his right ankle late in the second quarter. Matthews, who scored 17 points in his first 18 minutes, rolled his ankle as he
planted his right foot on a drive to the bucket with just over two minutes remaining in the half. He walked to the locker room with assistance.
Matthews started the second half but left after 19 seconds and one defensive possession. He returned to start the fourth quarter but scored just two points.
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