PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Wesley Matthews keyed a late Portland surge Thursday that pushed the Trail Blazers to a 111-102 victory over Denver.
Denver battled from behind for most of the game and finally took the lead with 7:51 to play on a 3-pointer from Andre Miller.
Portland bounced back, with Matthews hitting a key 3-pointer and layup to highlight a game-closing 20-9 run.
Portland shot 51 percent from the field and made 21-of-23 foul shots. Marcus Camby had 12 of Portland's 50 rebounds, 20 more than Denver.
Denver, which had won its opening two contests, was led by Ty Lawson with 25.