PORTLAND, Ore. -- Andre Miller scored the go-ahead layup with 24.9 seconds left and the Denver Nuggets held off the Portland Trail Blazers 111-109 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.
Denver, which led by as many as 12 points in the first half, lost the lead to the Blazers late in the third quarter but reclaimed it when Ty Lawson's layup made it 96-95 with 4:54 left.
After rookie Damian Lillard put the Blazers back up 101-100 with a layup, Andre Iguodala and Lawson gave Denver a 106-101 lead. Wesley Matthews answered with a 3-pointer and LaMarcus Aldridge added a turnaround jumper that tied it at 106 with 33.8 seconds left.
But Miller's scoop under the basket gave the Nuggets back the lead, and Aldridge missed a jumper on the other end with 14 seconds left. Lillard hit on a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left, but the Blazers fell short and Miller made free throws for the final margin.