NBA roundup: Wesley Matthews injured as Blazers fall to Nuggets

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 2 2011 11:33 p.m. MST

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DENVER — 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 before leaving with an ankle injury, 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.

It's another in a rash of injuries to hit Portland, which has lost 164 man games to injury this season. Five players have had knee surgery this year, including Greg Oden, Marcus Camby, Brandon Roy and rookie Eliot Williams. Williams and Oden are out for the season, while Roy and Camby are expected back after the All-Star break.

PACERS 117, CAVALIERS 112: At Cleveland, the Cavaliers' losing streak reached 22 games — one shy of the NBA's single-season record — as Danny Granger scored 23 points and Darren Collison added 22 to lead Indiana past Cleveland, now winless in 2011 and losers of 32 of 33.

Unless they can win on Friday in Memphis, the Cavs (8-41) will match the league's all-time mark for consecutive futility, a record shared by the 1995-96 expansion Vancouver Grizzlies and 1997-98 Denver Nuggets.

The Cavs had several chances to pull out their first win since Dec. 18, but Anthony Parker missed a runner in the lane with 18.8 seconds left and Granger put it away by making four free throws in the final 17.1 seconds.

Ramon Sessions scored 25 points and Antawn Jamison had 21 for Cleveland.

THUNDER 104, HORNETS 93: At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant continued a scoring tear with 43 points and 10 rebounds and led a key fourth-quarter run and Oklahoma City beat New Orleans.

Durant eclipsed 40 points for the third time in four games, and he leads the NBA with five 40-point games this season.

The league's scoring leader hit two free throws, a jumper and a 3-pointer from the right wing, and then a driving foul-line jumper during a 10-2 run that put the Thunder in control midway through the fourth quarter.

David West had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Chris Paul scored 15 points for New Orleans, which has lost three of four following a 10-game winning streak.

The win put Oklahoma City a half-game ahead of the Hornets for fourth place in the Western Conference and clinched the season series for the Thunder.

MAVERICKS 113, KNICKS 97: At New York, Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and Dallas took control in the third quarter before beating New York for its sixth straight victory.

Jose Barea added 22 points and Tyson Chandler had 15 points and 11 boards for the Mavericks, who outscored the Knicks 26-6 to open the second half and went on to their fifth consecutive win in New York.

This one wasn't as dominant as the Mavs' 128-78 rout on Jan 24, 2010, their most lopsided win ever and the Knicks' worst loss on their home floor. But Dallas was just as impressive in the first 71/2 minutes of the third quarter en route to its 16th win in the past 18 meetings overall.

Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points and Amare Stoudemire finished with 21, but missed all five shots in the second half before leaving for good as the Knicks went deep into their bench.

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