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Nene had 10 points in the second quarter and led the Nuggets with 13 points in the first half. Denver led 53-47 at the break despite the Trail Blazers' hot shooting from long range. Portland hit 6 of 10 3-pointers in the first half but just 38.6 percent overall from the field at halftime.
Billups scored eight points and Smith had six as the Nuggets took a 29-22 late in the first quarter. Outlaw and Rudy Fernandez hit 3-pointers to cut the lead to 29-27 heading into the second quarter.
Roy picked up two fouls in the first 5:48 and sat on the bench for the next 9 1/2 minutes.
Notes: The Nuggets are 2-1 without Anthony this year. He was suspended for the first two games of the season. ... Portland has shot at least 40 percent from behind the arc in 12 of its last 19 games.
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