Trail Blazers drop preseason finale

REDMOND — Allen Iverson had 30 points and 10 assists and the Denver Nuggets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 133-125 Friday night in the final exhibition game for both teams.

Linas Kleiza had 34 points for the Nuggets, who led by as many as 30 points.

The Blazers narrowed the gap in the final minutes with a 20-0 run capped by Travis Outlaw's layup that made it 114-121.

"When we took A.I. out (in the fourth quarter), we kind of lost our head," Nuggets coach George Karl said.

Outlaw led the Blazers with 23 points and six assists.

Shooting guard Brandon Roy did not play for the Blazers, although he did suit up. At the start of fall camp, Roy had trouble with heel inflammation, which kept him out of 20 games last season.

Iverson, who has had a bruised left thigh, was uncertain for the game, but started and elicited cheers from the crowd when he was introduced.

Iverson had 17 first-half points. J.R. Smith scored off a pass from him to give the Nuggets a 58-47 lead.

Denver led 67-60 at the break, then went on a 17-3 run to start the second half, capped by Iverson's 3-pointer to make it 84-63.

Kleiza's 3-pointer gave Denver a 104-80 lead before the third quarter was over.

The game was held inside the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond. Fire alarms sounded for a time in the second quarter, but the teams played on.

"We had a good camp and I liked our effort," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "We showed some good things. I like our energy and I like this team."

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