The Denver Nuggets have struggled to put together full 48-minute efforts, but their strong fourth quarters are getting the job done.
It's been more than five years since the Portland Trail Blazers did enough to leave Denver with a win.
The Nuggets will try to extend their longest win streak of the season to six on Tuesday night when the cold-shooting Blazers go for just their third road victory in this matchup since 1999.
The Nuggets (23-16) have trailed by at least 10 in each of their last three games, yet they continue to win with clutch play in the final period. They've outscored their opponents by an average of 9.8 in the fourth quarter since their last defeat.
Denver outscored Golden State 37-18 in the final 12 minutes of Sunday's 116-105 victory to improve to 14-2 at home.
"We played to our strength in the fourth quarter and turned up the defense," coach George Karl told the Nuggets' official website. "I'd like to see our defense start a little bit earlier than that, but ...