The Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-85 on Friday. After years of struggles at the Moda Center, Denver finally got a win in its personal house of horrors. Here are five observations from the game.

1. Jokic outduels Nurkic

Prior to Friday’s game, Nuggets coach Michael Malone offered an honest assessment about the first two rounds of Jokic vs. Nurkic.

“For whatever reason, he becomes more reserved against Nurk,” Malone said. “We need to play aggressive. We need Nikola to step up and play well. We can’t be buddy buddy with anybody.”

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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at and I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.