Los Angeles, CA.-- After 20 minutes of extra basketball (4 overtimes) on Friday night between the Portland Trailblazers and the Denver Nuggets, they turned around and got right back at it in less than 48 hours.
The longest postseason game in about seven decades went to the Blazers and Denver knew the game on Sunday evening was a "must-win." Regardless of Denver still be technically alive in the series if they were to lose, they knew they couldn't fall to 3-1.
They came out desperate and weathered the storm from the Blazers, and won Game 4 116-112.
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All-Star Nikola Jokic has been a problem for this team in the first three games, and Game 4 was no different. Despite playing 65 minutes in that quadruple overtime game, he had his second straight triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assist. It was his fourth triple-double of the 2019 playoffs in just 11 games. He spoke after the game about this team resilience, "I think it's not quitting. We have a lot of competitive guys who don't want to lose. I think we don't want to lose more than we like to win -- which is weird," Jokic said. "We just didn't want to have the excuse that we lost because of four overtimes, because we were tired."
His teammates felt the same way.
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Specifically Jamal Murray, who scored a game-high 34 points answered the challenge. He made all 11 of his free throw attempts and hit the critical one's that helped close the game for the Nuggets.
They knew the challenge in front of them of trying to win a critical game on an opponents home floor, against a team that has yet to lose on their home floor.
"Our guys are tough. We're resilient," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "I mean, to come in here and win this game 36 hours after losing in four overtimes, speaks to just how tough we are."
Veteran Paul Millsap had a big game himself with a double-double. He scored 21 points (6-10) FG and 10 rebounds. Gary Harris chipped in with 14 points.
The Nuggets grabbed 17 offensive rebounds.
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"It is disappointing. You go up 3-1 and you have a lot of momentum and obviously that would be a great position to be in. But they're a good team, they came out and played well," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "We had a bad third quarter and that kind of made the difference. We made a good comeback, but now it's a three-game series."
The Blazers were outscored 27-14 in the third quarter.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 57 points, and made half of the teams 12 3-pointers. Lillard had seven assist to go along with his 28 points.
Al-Farouq Aminu had 19 points and eight years. Seth Curry had 16 points off the bench as he made 4-6 from 3-pt. Curry knocked down three straight at one point in the third quarter.
Enes Kanter said after Friday's game that the shoulder separation was worse, and wasn't sure he could play. He did play and in 29 minutes had five points, but did have a team-high 10 rebounds.
Series tied at 2.
Game 5 Tuesday 5/7 in Denver.