Sports Writing (USA), April 22 (EFE), – Serbian player Nikola Djukic continued to be the deciding player for the Denver Nuggets again, contributing 25 points, including three major free throws in the final leg of the match they won Out of Their Land (105-106) to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Powerful striker Michael Porter Jr. contributed 17 points, all in the first quarter, and helped secure the Nuggets’ fourth straight win (38-20), which remained fourth in the Western Conference.
The Argentine youngster Facondo Campazzo also did a great team work as a rookie for the Nuggets, scoring 12 points.
The former Real Madrid player played 27 minutes, during which he scored 4 of the 6 shots from the field (all three times with five attempts).
Campazzo maintained his presence in the paint by grabbing five rebounds, including three defenders. He dealt three assists, placed a stopper, lost a ball, and made three personal faults.
The Denver team announced that Canadian goalkeeper Jamal Murray has undergone surgery to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament and will be discharged indefinitely. Murray, with an average of 21.2 points per game this season, is injured on April 12 in a match against the Golden State Warriors.
To fill Murray’s job, they started Campazzo, but also signed a 10-day contract with veteran goalkeeper Austin Rivers, who made his team debut and contributed five points in 13 minutes.
Another goalkeeper, Damian Lillard, scored 22 points as captain of the Trail Blazers, who fought against ranked Western Conference teams and suffered their third consecutive loss.
With a hat-trick in the first quarter, Lillard beat Jason Kidd for 10th in the NBA’s 3-point list.
Lillard also joined Oscar Robertson as the only player in NBA history with more than 1,500 points and over 400 assists in each of his first nine seasons. EFE.