Portland will face of against the Warriors in its first Western Conference finals since 2000.
Eventually, though, the Nugs bested the Spurs, and since Nikola Jokic and company played the Trail Blazers well during the regular campaign (they won the season series 3-1), there was plenty of reason for optimism - especially after Denver took game five in a blowout.
Jokic led Denver with 29 points, but missed 15 shots.
None bigger than when his crucial chase-down block with 4:44 left and the Trail Blazers leading 87-83.
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The Nuggets shot just 2-for-19 from 3-point range in Game 7, and Jokic was the only Nugget to make the two 3-pointers. With that said, game sevens are often decided by stars who refuse to allow their team to go home, and there's not many backcourts in the league I trust more than Lillard and McCollum.
Jamal Murray with a huge step-back jumper to make it a one-point game with just 30 seconds remaining! "I might get a picture of that".
"I'm not going to try to justify that as a way for us to play hard or wake us up", Barton said Thursday night. But the assistance of his backcourt partner CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic and the efforts of blue collar role players have helped Portland stay on the brink of success. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Nuggets are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Conference Semifinals games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest and 22-9-1 ATS in their last 32 vs. NBA Northwest.
"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. "He was upset because he thinks he didn't do enough for us to win tonight".
Rodney Hood, whom Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he was most anxious about heading into Game 7, injured his left knee in the third quarter and left the game. 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.