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This Date in Nuggets History: Feb. 13, 1981

Denver sets franchise scoring mark in victory over Trail Blazers

Nuggets forward Alex English was one of four Denver players to score at least 20 points against the Portland Trail Blazers on Feb. 13, 1981.
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You know things are going well when you give up 82 points in the second half and still win by 19.

That’s what happened to the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 13, 1981.

Led by David Thompson’s 30 points, the Nuggets scored 81 points in the first half and were never threatened in a record-setting 162-143 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at McNichols Sports Arena.

In addition to breaking the franchise record for points in a game, Denver also made a team-record 64 field goals. Thompson, Kiki Vandeweghe (23), Ken Higgs (21) and Alex English (20) all finished with at least 20 points for the Nuggets.

The scoring outburst took place during Denver’s remarkable string of 136 consecutive games with at least 100 points – an NBA record that still stands today.

The team scoring mark stood for two-plus seasons, falling when the Nuggets scored 184 points in a triple-overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 13, 1983. The 64 field goals remain tied for the most in franchise history for a non-overtime game.