The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets each have gotten off to solid starts. If recent history comes into play, the Blazers are in better shape to keep rolling.
Portland seeks its fourth straight home victory over Denver when the teams meet Thursday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace have largely been responsible for the Blazers' 2-0 start, each scoring 20-plus points for the second straight game in Tuesday's 101-79 rout of Sacramento.
Aldridge scored 25 points in the opener and added 24 on Tuesday, giving Portland a chance to win its first three games for the second straight season.
Wallace, who came over from Charlotte in a trade in February, scored 21 points Monday and 25 to help the Blazers overcome a slow start Tuesday.
"(Wallace) was big for us," Aldridge told Portland's official website. "When we had dead moments, he made something happen. He either got an offensive rebound and put it back or just went to the basket and got fouled. I thought that was big ...