Blazers come home all even in series with Denver

Blazers aren't worried Nuggets aren't satisfied

Rodney Hood came through big in the fourth overtime, scoring seven points, including the game-winning shot.

Denver's Nikola Jokic, who shoved Enes Kanter in Game 2, appeared to be up to his old tricks shortly before halftime when he delivered a blow on a free-throw boxout that perhaps crossed the line of necessity.

Just 18 days prior to Denver's home loss to Portland, the Nuggets fell to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs at home in a game that they were only able to hit 6-of-28 3-pointers and only could muster 96 points. Combine the Blazers togetherness, with the shot making of Damian Lillard, and this team is poised to pull off a second-round upset against the Denver Nuggets.

He also hailed how his players were "a lot better offensively" than in Game 1, saying: "I really liked our approach in the first half, particularly the first quarter". "I had no idea that I'd end up in Portland in this type of situation". We could give you a collection of facts, how C.J. McCollum, for instance, had the game of his life (Hi Jennifer!), how it was the longest playoff game in almost 70 years, how the star players on both sides logged a mind-boggling number of minutes as they combined to play a full game-and-a-half of basketball. Portland called a timeout with 4.1 seconds on the clock but Lillard missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out. "I thought we pressured him a little bit more", Stotts said.

He finished with 19 points on the evening.

One of the greatest games in National Basketball Association history essentially ended with Nikola Jokic splitting a pair of free throws, missing a chance to force a fifth overtime and sending the Nuggets home in defeat. We did a better job on the ball.

Jamal Murray had a playoff-high 34 points for the Nuggets. As one of the longest playoffs games ever, the box score here is incredible, loaded with oddities, including so Jokic playing so many minutes that he forced a reset on the minutes' count. Regardless, you usually don't get extra chances to win on the road, and the Nuggets have failed to cover 12 of their last 20 road games when an underdog.

In Wednesday's game, Portland held the lead for the last 43 minutes of play. Tonight, the basketball gods favored the Trail Blazers.

Denver has struggled offensively during the playoffs and the team is averaging 105.2 points per game.

The two teams will have less than 48 hours to recuperate and prepare for Game 4, which is set for a 4 p.m.

"That's unheard of - ridiculous", Malone said, chastising himself as he met with the media afterward.

Harkless didn't return but Craig came back in the second half.

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