Blazers Recap: The Trail Blazers Are Going to the Western Conference Finals!

All the Nuggets had to do was win one of the next two games in order to earn a trip to California and a finals tilt against the Golden State Warriors; that team's biggest star, Kevin Durant, had just suffered an injury that opened the door to an upset at least a crack or two. "McCollum/b97609cf" class="local_link" target="_blank">CJ McCollum, who was actually Portland's top guy in its second-round series win over the Denver Nuggets. Gary Harris made seven of 11 shots and scored 15 points.

After a shaky showing in Denver for Game 5, Portland bounced back in Game 6 at home with a 119-108 to force today's Game 7 on the road.

McCollum said he channeled LeBron James on a key chase down block in the 4th quarter. Jamal Murray is scoring 24.7 points a game and Millsap is averaging 18.7 points and nine rebounds in the series.

"Day-by-day, " Hood said Sunday after the game.

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Lillard scored 13 points and made just 3-of-17 shots from the field, but two of them were critical three-pointers in the fourth quarter that put Portland ahead 81-76 and 92-85. "It's something that I'll remember forever - I might get a picture of that one, hang that joint up".

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know the Nuggets weren't even supposed to be in this position. Damian Lillard didn't score his first bucket until the six minute mark in the second quarter but has gotten himself going by getting to the free throw line. Craig played great 1v1 defense what a huge shot. Portland (1-for-19) and Denver (2-for-13) are a combined 3-for-32 from beyond the arc in this game.

And that was after five games of this seven-game Western Conference semifinal series that is tied at 3-3.

"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. I think we really built that up from the jump. 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. Portland was 4-of-26 on three-pointers and 20-of-24 from the stripe.

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