PORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers kicked off their 50th season with a preseason game where it all started, Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Blazers played at Memorial Coliseum for 25 seasons from 1970 to 1995 before moving to the Rose Garden, now the Moda Center.
On Tuesday night they opened the preseason against the Denver Nuggets, the first of several special events to be held surrounding the anniversary.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts wore a burnt-orange leisure suit for the occasion, and fans were entertained by organ music.
But the Nuggets spoiled the party with a 105-94 victory, led by Paul Millsap’s 14 points. Mario Hezonja paced the Blazers with 12 points.
Portland eliminated Denver in the Western Conference semifinals in seven games last season.
— The Associated Press