Los Angeles, CA — Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 62 points in a 119-108 victory in Game 6 that kept the series alive for the Blazers. The Blazers kept their season alive after falling to 3-2 in the series after a Game 5 loss.
After not shooting the ball well, according to his standards, Lillard said after the 32 performance, "I think over the course of the series, at least after Game 1, I just haven't seen the ball go in consistently enough, and my job is to stay aggressive, keep doing what I do, and tonight, shots fell."
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Portland trailed by as many as 10 points in the opening quarter. They began the second quarter on an 11-4 run to start the second quarter, and the crowd was sensing the run by their hometown team, as they went into halftime with a 58-54 lead.
The third quarter belonged to Lillard.
He scored 17 of his game-high 32 in the third. Denver was able to take the lead again early in the quarter, but Portland, led by Lillard, never trailed again. They led by as many as 13 in the fourth before shutting the door on Denver's hopes of advancing.
The bench showed up for the home team. They outscored Denver's bench 42-13 led by Rodney Hood's 25 points as he was 8-12 from the field, and made 3-4 from 3-pt. Seth Curry chipped in with 14 points.
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Denver had all five starters in double figures.
They were led by All-Star Nikola Jokic, who had a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. He also had a game-high eight assists before fouling out. He was 10-15 from the field, and 2-3 from 3-pt. Jamal Murray also had a double-double (first in post-season career) with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
"We'll go back home, regroup, like we did for San Antonio, come back with energy and just be ready to play," Murray said.
Paul Millsap had 17 points, and Gary Harris chipped in with 15.
"I thought our Game 6 here in Portland was better than our Game 6 in San Antonio," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "Now we go home and have the best home-court advantage in the NBA." He might be right. His team was better in rebounding and assists, while committing three less turnovers (9-6).
Now we head back to the Mile High City for a Game 7.
"It's basically a game where only one team is going to make it out," Lillard said. "It's your last opportunity to play, so facing elimination is what it is to me, and that's going to be my approach, just like it was tonight. The only thing is that it's going to be on the road. It's for our season. All the marbles."