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NBA: Denver 111, Portland 109

Feb. 28, 2013 at 1:47 AM   |   Comments

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Ty Lawson's free throws gave Denver a four-point lead with 13 seconds left Wednesday and the Nuggets barely held on to defeat Portland 111-109.

Denver won its third in a row, getting a 30-point performance from Lawson and 29 more from Andre Iguodala.

After trailing narrowly for most of the fourth period, Denver went in front by two on a layup by Andre Miller with 24.9 seconds to play. Lawson's two foul shots at the 13-second mark gave Denver a 110-106 advantage.

Portland then gave itself a chance when Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer, after which Miller could make just 1-of-2 from the line with 3 seconds to play.

That gave the Trail Blazers an opportunity to win it or force overtime, but LaMarcus Aldridge missed a shot at the buzzer from inside the 3-point arc.

Lillard led Portland with 26 points and Aldridge had 22. The Trail Blazers have lost eight of nine, failing to back up their victory over Boston Sunday.

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