DENVER (AP) — Michael Porter Jr.’s 3-pointer with 1:33 left in second overtime helped the Denver Nuggets seal an epic comeback by the Portland Trail Blazers to a 147-140 win Tuesday night in Game 5 of the playoff . Chain.
The Nuggets won despite Damien Lillard’s franchise playoff record 55 points.
Lillard scored 17 of Portland’s 19 points in two overtimes, but did not score again after his 12th 3-pointer in 17 attempts, putting the Blazers 140–138, with 3:47 remaining.
And his teammates didn’t score again either.
Nikola Jokic, who scored 38 points and came up an assist shy of a triple-double, tied it with a lap on 140 and Porter broke the tie with 1:33 with 3 from the left corner.
The Blazers were still within three points until a pair of costly mistakes sent them back to Portland for Game 6 on Thursday night, trailing the Nuggets 3-2 in a best-of-seven series.
First, Robert Covington missed a dunk with 41 seconds and then CJ McCallum went out of bounds with 9.1 seconds and Lillard set for another 3.
Monte Morris, who scored 28 points off the bench, struck a pair of free throws with 8.8 seconds to seal, and Shaq Harrison added two free throws with 3.8 seconds remaining.
Lillard broke his own franchise scoring record of 50 points against Oklahoma City on April 23, 2019.
Lillard’s 3-pointer tied it on 121 with three seconds remaining in regulation. His 3 with 6.4 seconds in the first overtime tied it to 135 and it capped Portland’s return to a nine-point deficit in the extra period when Denver hit a trio. of 3s.
The Nuggets first scored three quick 3-pointers in overtime, two by Morris and the second by Austin Rivers, to lead 132–123. Portland lost their first five long deliveries in extra period, before Lillard was forced into overtime three times in the final minute.
On hold, Denver improved to 187–1 in games beginning April 2, 2008, in which they led 22 or more at any point, including the postseason.
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