Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Top takeaways from Blazers-Nuggets Game 7

Top takeaways from Blazers-Nuggets Game 7

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, flies over Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee for a basket in the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. They have the momentum after their Game 6 victory, but history is against them advancing to the Western Conference Finals. Visit or call the Rose Quarter Box Office at 1-844-RIPCITY to purchase them. But his best play may have come on the defensive end.

Much of McCollum's work was done on pull-up jumpers from midrange with a huge shot coming at the 11.7-second mark to give the Blazers a three-point lead. The stakes weren't quite as high, nor was his play quite as impressive, but it was absolutely reminiscent of LeBron's incredible block on Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

Shortly after that - with under five minutes left and the Blazers up four - McCollum had a chase-down block on a layup attempt by Jamal Murray. The Trail Blazers won the previous meeting 119-108. The Nuggets remain in the lead by one point, but the Blazers had taken their first lead of the game just before the end of the quarter.

"He waited for a few people to get in between us, and when a few people were in between us, he put his finger in my eye", Curry said after the game. If those two are clicking the way I think they will in a game this big, I'm not sure the Nuggets will be able to counter.

Jokic led Denver with 29 points, but missed 15 shots.

"I hope after 14 playoff games that America came to appreciate Nikola's game", Malone said.

This will be the Warriors' fifth year in a row competing in the Western Conference Finals. 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. Rodney Hood, the hero of the 140-137 Game 3 win, had 25 off the bench on Thursday.

Evan Turner, who scored just four points in the first six games of the series, added 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Portland (1-for-19) and Denver (2-for-13) are a combined 3-for-32 from beyond the arc in this game. He averaged 24.8 points, 13.0 rebounds and 8.9 assists, and there were times when San Antonio and Portland didn't have an answer for the 7-footer.

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