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Feisty Nuggets-Trail Blazers series down to decisive finale

Feisty Nuggets-Trail Blazers series down to decisive finale

During the third quarter of a crucial Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets, the Portland Trail Blazers were dealt a brutal blow to a player who had stepped up big as of late.

Nikola Jokic exploded for 29 points, 13 rebounds and two assists but it wasn't enough to give his team the win. The Trail Blazers advanced to face the two-time defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors, beginning Tuesday night in Oakland, California.

Although his coach Michael Malone rubbished the claim as he praised the 7-foot All-Star.

The Nuggets raced to a 17-point lead in the first half and took a 48-39 halftime lead after throttling Lillard, who made just one of nine shots and missed all four of his 3-pointers after going off for 32 points in Portland's Game 6 victory.

Jamal Murray with a huge step-back jumper to make it a one-point game with just 30 seconds remaining!

"They look at me as a leader".

"Somebody's got to go home, somebody's got to go to Cabo", McCollum said.




Overall, McCollum racked up 185 points over the course of the seven-game series, setting a Blazers franchise record.

If you missed any action from Game 7, we had you covered with updates, highlights and more.

Denver was one win away from reaching the Western Conference finals, a heady climb for a team that had gone the previous five seasons without reaching the postseason. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line.

"I hope that after 14 playoff games, America, everybody around the world that watches the playoffs, really came to appreciate Nikola's game", Malone said. "For him to be as emotional and upset as he was speaks to his caring".

It was a devastating end to Denver's season after the Nuggets ended a six-year playoff drought and earned the second seed in the Western Conference bracket.

The Portland Trail Blazers got favorable news Monday when guard Rodney Hood had an MRI examination on his injured left knee that revealed he has just a bone bruise. Hood was cleanly screened by Torrey Craig when none of his teammates warned him and crumpled at midcourt while Craig broke free for the basket that gave Denver a 60-55 lead.

"They scored a lot of offensive rebounds and we missed a lot of free throws". Portland was 4-of-26 on three-pointers and 20-of-24 from the stripe.

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