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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers hope for a couple of trends to continue when they play host to the Denver Nuggets Sunday night at the Moda Center.The Trail Blazers (6-4) have beaten Denver (3-6) six straight times at home and are 14-2 against the Nuggets at the Moda Center since the start of the 2008-09 season. Portland has won 12 of its past 13 matchups overall with Denver dating to the start of the 2013-14 season.The Blazers beat Denver 115-113 in overtime at the Pepsi Center on Oct. 29, scoring nine unanswered points in the final 1:26 of regulation to force the extra session. Damian Lillard scored a game-high 37 points on 15-for-28 shooting, including the game-winning field goal with .3 of a second remaining. Lillard has averaged 29.3 points on .485 shooting over the past three games against the Nuggets, having scored at least 30 in two of those games.Lillard is tied for fourth in the NBA in scoring at 30.6 points per game and has totaled the most points (306) in the first 10 games of a season in Portland history. The previous best was Kiki Vandeweghes 282 in 1986. Lillard becomes the first player in Blazer annals to score at least 30 points in six of the first 10 games of a season.Lillard scored 36 points to lead Portland past Sacramento 122-120 in overtime Friday at the Moda Center.A pretty gritty win, Portland coach Terry Stotts said. Its a positive that this group is able to find ways to win a close game.Portland is 4-1 in games decided by six points or fewer and 2-1 in overtime contests this season.The Blazers are going without power forward Al-Farouq Aminu, who has missed the past three games with a straining left calf. (Aminu) will be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks, Stotts said.In the meantime, the fifth-year Portland coach will choose from among Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh, Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe for the fifth starting spot, depending on matchups.Well do whatever I think is best that night, Stotts said.Denver guard Will Barton, a former Trail Blazer, has missed the past six games and will sit out Sundays contest with a sprained left ankle. Forward Darrell Arthur (knee) is questionable for Sundays game.The Nuggets continue to have trouble taking care of the ball. They rank last in the league, averaging 18 turnovers per game after totaling 15 in a 106-95 home loss to Detroit Saturday night.We cannot continue to turn the ball over 18, 19 times a game if we want to give ourselves a chance to win, Denver coach Mike Malone told reporters.The Nuggets hope to get one of those turnovers reversed -- and get a chance to turn a loss into a defeat in the process. In Tuesdays 108-107 loss at Memphis, referees ruled the ball was touched by the Nuggets before it went out of bounds with .7 of a second left, a call that was upheld by replay. Denver was leading by one point; the Grizzlies went on to win on Marc Gasols buzzer-beating basket.The next day, NBA officials ruled the ball should have been awarded to Denver. The Nuggets have filed an official protest with the league and hope to replay the end of the game the next time they play Memphis Feb. 1 in Denver. Cheap Cristiano Ronaldo Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Cheap Luca Zidane Jersey . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. . The Canadian squad, skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, got on the board first with two in the second end, and followed that with two more apiece in the fourth and sixth ends. Cheap Dani Carvajal Jersey . -- Patrick Reed got an early start in golf. Cheap Isco Jersey .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. CHICAGO -- Trade rumors are swirling this time of year in baseball, but Chicago White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana said he is avoiding the hysteria.The All-Star is scheduled to start Sundays series finale against the Detroit Tigers after the teams resume their 3-3 game that was suspended after eight innings Saturday night due to rain. The Tigers (51-46) will be trying for a four-game sweep.Quintana is focused on his current situation.I dont pay attention to that, Quintana said Saturday about trade rumblings. I dont have control over that.Quintana (8-8, 3.13 ERA) and teammate Chris Sale have been the subject of trade rumors for the fading White Sox (46-50), who have lost three straight and eight of nine and were seven games back in the wild card race.Quintana has allowed six combined runs in winning three consecutive starts. He gave up five runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings June 5 in his other start against Detroit this season.I want to stay here, Quintana said. I like it here, and I want to win here. And Im here. Im here for now.Among other potential distractions, the White Sox are also dealing with a clubhouse incident involving Sale. He was scratched from Saturdays start against the Tigers and sent home.Im not going to get into that, manager Robin Ventura said. I just know hes not going to pitch (Sunday).For Detroit, right-hander Anibal Sanchez (5-11, 6.60 ERA) is scheduled to start. He struck out 10 and allowed three runs in six innings Tuesday against the last-place Minnesota Twins. Sanchez is 2-6 with a 5.26 ERA in 10 careerr appearances against the White Sox.ddddddddddddWith injured players such as starting pitchers Daniel Norris and Jordan Zimmermann and outfielder J.D. Martinez nearing returns from the disabled list, the Tigers are expected to be quiet before the Aug. 1 trade deadline. The Tigers were 5 1/2 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central and 2 1/2 games back in the wild card race. General manager Al Avila thinks his team can reach the playoffs.What were really focusing on is trying to get the guys that are injured back and playing, Avila said. Those are going to be our major acquisitions.Norris, who has been on the disabled list since July 5 for a strained right oblique, made a rehab outing Saturday for Triple-A Toledo. After Zimmermann pitches Sunday for Toledo, the Tigers will evaluate whether he needs another rehab outing, Avila said. Zimmermann has been on the disabled list since July 1 for a strained right neck.I dont foresee us adding another starting pitcher or reliever at this point, Avila said. We put this team together in the wintertime thinking this team is the team thats going to compete and get us into the playoffs, and were going to stay that course. At this point, we dont really want to, in addition to that, trade away our good, young prospects for a two-month rental. We think right now we have the team that can take us into the playoffs barring any other major injuries. NFL Jerseys Outlet Cheap Jerseys Store NFL Jerseys China Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Discount Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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