What a game!
A huge late three by Rodney Hodd and clutch free throw by Seth Curry sealed a quadruple-overtime Game 3 for the Blazers at home, giving them a 2-1 edge in the Conference Semifinals series against the Denver Nuggets.
Denver Nuggets 136, Portland Trail Blazers 138 [Portland lead 2-1]
Final [4OT]: Blazers 138, Nuggets 136
CJ McCollum top-scored with 41 points while four other Blazers also scored in double figures for the spectacular Game 3 home win.
RODNEY HOOD FOR THE WIN IN 4OT! #PhantomCam #RipCity #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/0KGmb6GIDr- NBA (@NBA) May 4, 2019
On the other hand, Nikola Jokic, playing 65 minutes of the possible 68, finished with a monster triple-double of 33 points, 18 rebounds, and 14 assists.
End of 3OT: Blazers 129, Nuggets 129.
Still not done.
This game will go down in the history books as the second ever 4OT game in NBA playoff history.
End of 2OT: Blazers 118, Nuggets 118
Not done yet. Five more minutes required.
This time both teams scored nine points with Damian Lillard scoring five of those nine for the Blazers.
End of OT1: Blazers 109, Nuggets 109
We need five more minutes to settle this one.
What a sequence. What a game.- ESPN (@espn) May 4, 2019
Both teams score seven points apiece in the extra period with CJ McCollum scoring all of those seven for the Blazers.
Nikola Jokic recorded his third career postseason triple-double - 30 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 assists.
End of fourth quarter: Blazers 102, Nuggets 102
Clutch buckets by both teams in the closing minutes.
We got some extra five minutes of free basketball now.
Nikola Jokic is one assist shy of a triple-double having already registered 30 points and 14 rebounds. Jamal Murray has 27 as well while CJ McCollum is the only with 20+ points (23) for the Blazers.
End of third quarter: Blazers 81, Nuggets 76
The hosts withstood an early third-quarter 9-2 run by the Nuggets to outscore the young squad 33-29 in the period and extend their lead to 5 before the final period.
In the quarter, Damian Lillard knocked down from long distance. He has 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go along with his 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Logo. Lillard. pic.twitter.com/CTadoZHq7o- Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) May 4, 2019
Three other Blazers have scored in double figures as well.
For the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic is close to registering another triple-double in these playoffs with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists so far.
Halftime: Blazers 48, Nuggets 47
Jamal Murray catches fire in the second quarter and is only Nuggets' player in double figures - 16 points. Nikola Jokic is on an early triple-double watch with six points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
Jamal Murray leads all scorers at the half of Game 3 with 16 PTS! #MileHighBasketball #NBAPlayoffs- NBA (@NBA) May 4, 2019
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The visitors outscored the Blazers 30 to 25 in the second period but still trail by one heading at halftime.
For the Blazers, Lillard is the only player in double figures with 10 points.
Both teams are struggling to shoot from the field and from beyond the arc. Nuggets are 39.6% from the field and have 5 3-pointers in 16 attempts (31.3%) while the Blazers are shooting 37.2% including a 3-of-13 (23.1%) effort from beyond the arc.
End of first quarter: Blazers 23, Nuggets 17
The Blazers end the first quarter on a 7-0 run to hold a 6-0 point lead at the first period.
Damian Lillard leads the way for the hosts with 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists on 3-of-6 shooting. Nikola Jokic has been the biggest contributor for the Nuggets - 4 points and 2 assists.
Lillard finds Zach Collins for the @trailblazers 3-point play! #NBAPlayoffs- NBA (@NBA) May 4, 2019
Through Q1 in Game 3:#RipCity 23#MileHighBasketball 17
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With Maurice Harkless good to go, the Blazers field an unchanged starting line-up: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Enes Kanter.
⌚👌🗽🔥🇹🇷 vs. ⛏#RipCity pic.twitter.com/JwYB8UlCX2- Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) May 4, 2019
Meanwhile, the Nuggets have an unchanged starting line-up as well - Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Paul Millsap, and Torrey Craig.