Nuggets overcome Blazers, Lillard's 55 points in 2OT | Inquirer Sports

Nuggets overcome Blazers, Lillard’s 55 points in 2OT

/ 01:03 PM June 02, 2021

Jokic Nuggets Blazers

DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 01: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets puts up a shot against Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers in the second quarter during Game Five of their Western Conference first-round playoff series at Ball Arena on June 1, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Nikola Jokic had 38 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and the host Denver Nuggets overcame a playoff-record 12 3-pointers from Damian Lillard to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 147-140 in double overtime in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

Lillard finished with 55 points and 10 assists and twice sent the game to extra periods. It was the first 55-point, 10-assist game in NBA playoff history.


Monte Morris scored 28 points, Michael Porter Jr. had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Austin Rivers had 18 points and seven assists and Aaron Gordon 14 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, which took a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

Robert Covington had 19 points and 11 rebounds, CJ McCollum scored 18, Jusuf Nurkic finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out and Norman Powell also had 13 points for the Trail Blazers.

Game 6 is Thursday night in Portland.

Lillard’s record-setting 3-pointer off the glass from 30 feet away put the Trail Blazers ahead 140-138 with 3:47 left in the second overtime. Jokic tied it with a layup and after misses by both teams Porter broke the tie with a corner 3-pointer with 1:33 left off a long skip pass from Jokic.

Both teams missed two shots and McCollum turned it over with 10.2 seconds left. Morris hit two free throws and the Nuggets closed it out.

Morris hit two 3-pointers and Rivers another to put Denver ahead 132-123 with 2:14 left in the first overtime. Lillard converted a three-point play but Jokic hit a soft jumper in the lane to make it 134-126 with 1:52 remaining.


Lillard hit another 3-pointer from deep, Morris missed a layup and Lillard drained a 28-footer with 22.9 seconds left to make it 134-132. Morris split two free throws and Lillard sent it to a second overtime with another 3-pointer.

The Trail Blazers took their first lead at 83-82 and headed into the fourth up 94-92. The Nuggets rallied to go ahead 103-98 on JaMychal Green’s corner 3-pointer.

Portland tied it at 115 on a Covington 3, Jokic scored four straight and McCollum hit a corner 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds left to make it 119-118.

Morris hit two free throws but Lillard sent it into overtime with a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left.


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TAGS: Damian Lillard, Denver Nuggets, NBA playoffs, Nikola Jokic, Portland Trail Blazers

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