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.”