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Randolph powers Portland to victory

PORTLAND - Zach Randolph had 26 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Denver 100-91 Wednesday night for the Nuggets' fourth straight loss.

The Nuggets were without Allen Iverson, who sprained his ankle in Denver's 105-101 loss to Charlotte on Monday. He did not make that trip to Portland after playing 19 games since he was traded from Philadelphia.

Still, Denver cut a late 90-82 deficit to 91-88 on Marcus Camby's layup with less than a minute to go.

Portland's Jarrett Jack answered with a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left, but after rookie Brandon Roy added a pair of free throws, Carmelo Anthony kept the Nuggets in it with a 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining.

The Nuggets would get no closer, and Roy and Randolph closed out the game with four straight free throws.

The Trail Blazers have won four straight at home but were coming off a 103-91 loss at the Hornets. The Blazers have won six of nine overall.

Anthony finished with 33 points for the Nuggets.

Roy, who had 25 points and eight assists, was selected for the rookie squad for the Rookie Challenge at All-Star weekend. Going into Wednesday's game, Roy was leading all first-year players with 14.5 points per game.

J.R. Smith gave the Nuggets a 12-4 lead with a 3-pointer, but the Blazers closed the gap and Juan Dixon's jumper from the line put Portland ahead 26-22.

The Nuggets reclaimed the lead and stretched it to 35-30 on Anthony's layup with 3:57 remaining. Denver held on for a 42-40 lead at the break.

Portland went ahead 59-56 on Jack's reverse layup and free throw, but Denver stayed close and Eduardo Najera's follow shot tied it at 66 at the end of the third quarter.

The Blazers went back up 77-71 on Martell Webster's 3-pointer with 8:04 left. Roy's 3-pointer made it 82-74. Randolph hit a key 20-foot jumper with 2:27 to go that put Portland up 90-82.

It was Randolph's 28th double-double this season.

The Nuggets prevailed 109-93 on Jan. 14 at the Rose Garden, but allowed Portland rookie Sergio Rodriguez 23 points and 10 assists. This time, Denver double-teamed Rodriguez at times.

Rodriguez rolled his left ankle badly late in the third quarter and left the game.

Raptors 119, Wizards 109

At Toronto, Bosh made his final 15 shots after missing his first four and scored 34 points. He even made a buzzer-beating 56-footer after stealing an inbounds pass, giving Toronto a 17-point lead after three quarters.

Jazz 97, Spurs 93

At Salt Lake City, Okur scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, including eight in the final minute.

Okur also pulled down 11 rebounds for Utah, which snapped a two-game skid hours after learning that leading scorer and rebounder Carlos Boozer could miss a month with a broken bone in his leg.

Tim Duncan had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 27 points for the Spurs.

Bobcats 104, Knicks 87

At Charlotte, N.C., Wallace scored 17 of his career-high 42 points in the fourth quarter and the Bobcats pulled away from New York, which went more than 11 minutes without a field goal bridging the third and fourth quarters.

Raymond Felton added 16 points and 10 assists, including two alley-oop feeds to Wallace, as the Bobcats won for the 12th time in 19 games.

Clippers 110, Bulls 98

At Los Angeles, Elton Brand had 26 points and eight rebounds, and the Clippers (23-22) pulled away in the final 30 1/2 minutes to move above .500 for the first time in almost two months.

Pistons 113, Nets 89

At East Rutherford, N.J., Richard Hamilton scored 24 points and Detroit set a team record by making 27 consecutive free throws.

Chauncey Billups added 18 points, including 12 on perfect shooting from the free-throw line, and Chris Webber had 17 as the Pistons won for the fifth time in seven games and snapped the Nets' two-game winning streak.

Hawks 115, Warriors 94

Joe Johnson, hoping to be picked as a reserve for the All-Star game, scored 33 points to lead host Atlanta, which went 8-7 in January for its first winning month in almost three years.

76ers 89, Hornets 78

Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and Samuel Dalembert grabbed 15 rebounds for visiting Philadelphia, which ruined Chris Paul's return from a sprained ankle.

Kings 100, T-wolves 98

At Minneapolis, Kevin Martin had 28 points and the go-ahead jump shot with 16.6 seconds left, helping struggling Sacramento avoid another road defeat.

Mavericks 95, Grizzlies 94

At Memphis, Tenn., Dirk Nowitzki overcame a tough shooting night with 26 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. Mike Miller led the Grizzlies with 32 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter.

Magic 98, Bucks 73

At Orlando, Fla., Hedo Turkoglu scored 17 points and Tony Battie added a season-high 15 as the Magic stopped a three-game losing streak.

Mo Williams scored 23 points for Milwaukee, which dug itself a 29-point hole early in the game and has lost 13 of 15.

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