Nuggets 92, Blazers 82
DENVER (AP) _ The Denver Nuggets won consecutive games for the first time in more than a year, beating Portland 92-82 Saturday night behind Johnny Newman’s 33 points.
The Nuggets, who defeated Vancouver two nights earlier for only their sixth win of the season, made it two in a row for the first time since Feb. 2 and 5, 1997 _ a span of 98 games.
Cory Alexander added 14 points and nine assists, and Anthony Goldwire and Dean Garrett each had 12 points for Denver.
Despite the win, the Nuggets (7-58) remained on pace to eclipse the worst record in NBA history, the 9-73 mark set 25 years ago by the Philadelphia 76ers. Denver’s winning percentage of .108 is just shy of Philadelphia’s .110.
Arvydas Sabonis had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who shot only 65 percent (20 of 31) from the line.