A career night on his 21st birthday for Meyers Leonard was spoiled by the Denver Nuggets Wednesday.
The former Robinson High School standout and rookie center for the Portland Trailblazers celebrated his birthday by setting a new career high in points, but the Blazers dropped a 111-109 decision to the visiting Denver Nuggets in a game televised nationally on ESPN.
Leonard had a strong performance off the bench for the Blazers, definitely his best since the All-Star break. The 7-1 rookie scored 13 points in 16 minutes of action, including several thunderous dunks, two of which came on consecutive possessions at the end of the third quarter that gave Portland an 82-79 lead going into the fourth quarter. Overall, Leonard was 4-7 shooting and 5-5 at the free throw line, while also collecting five rebounds and one assist.
On Sunday, Leonard netted three points, six rebounds and one blocked shot in 16 minutes of Portland's 92-86 win over Boston.
Against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, Leonard totaled four points, four rebounds, one assist and one blocked shots in 13 minutes of a 111-107 loss.
In a 102-98 loss to Phoenix Feb. 19, Leonard hit a pair of free throws for two points in just six minutes of action.
For the season, Leonard is averaging 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in just under 15 minutes per game.
Portland (26-31) will play host to Minnesota at 9 p.m. Illinois time Saturday, in a game scheduled to be broadcast on NBA TV. The Trailblazers will then finish up their homestand against Charlotte on Monday.