PORTLAND – Jamaican Green scored 20 points and 10 rebounds from the bench, and the Denver Nuggets increased their winning streak to six games with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers 124-92 on Sunday night.
Nikola Jokic made 18 rebounds, 11 assists and eight points before remaining forever in the third quarter with a score of 2:22.
Demarcus Cousins, who signed for the Nuggets for the rest of the season on Friday, added 19 points and eight rebounds, and the Denver bench finished the season with 76 points.
Enferney Simons had 16 points to lead the Trail Blazers, who lost to the Warriors on Thursday, interrupting a winning streak of four games.
Denver led by as many as 20 points. Although the Nuggets sometimes looked sluggish, playing in their second game in a row, the smaller and less experienced Blazers could not match them.
Justice Winslow, who started for the Blazers after losing to Golden State on Thursday, did not play due to an Achilles tendon. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Keon Johnson, a 19-year-old newcomer acquired by the Trail Blazers in an exchange with the Clippers on February 4. It was the first start to Johnson’s career.
The Blazers also started Drew Ubenks, who signed a 10-day contract earlier this week when Portland announced that center-right Yusuf Nurkik is battling plantar fasciitis.
Portland is still short of Damian Lillard, who is recovering from abdominal surgery. The Blazers announced on Sunday that their six-time All-Star Game has gone through the first phase of its recovery, and that it will be re-evaluated two to three weeks after the reconstruction protocol.
The Nuggets went into the series 18-4 to start the second quarter, and brought the lead to 50-31. The Blazers were never threatened.
NO REST FOR THE TIRED
The Nuggets spend three games in four days. They got a 115-110 home win over Sacramento on Saturday night. On Thursday they defeated the Kings on the road, 128-110.
So facing the Blazers with its rotation of injured and changed players was a challenge, Denver coach Michael Malone said.
“This morning we reviewed the staff and told the guys to keep them closed because it’s a completely different team than we played the first three times and they have players you probably don’t know,” Malone said.
Nuggets: Denver have won two of their previous three games with Portland this season. … Jokic is seventh in history with 73 triple-doubles. He had one the night before when the Nuggets won at home against the Sacramento (18 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds), making their ninth triple-double in their last 19 games.
Trail Blazers: Both Lillard and Nurkik watched from the Blazers bench in streetwear. This season, Portland has used 22 different starting lineups.
Nuggets: Take the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
Trail Blazers: Visit the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.