The Portland Trailblazers marched back from a double-digit halftime deficit in Denver to topple the #2 seeded Nuggets 100-96! Portland is headed to their first Western Conference finals trip since 2000, and they will be rewarded by facing the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Portland made the upset happen on an day that the Blazers best player Damian Lillard couldn’t buy a shot. Fortunately for “Rip City”, his backcourt mate C.J. McCollum erupted for 37 points. Lillard only had 13 points but added 10 rebounds and 8 assists in a gritty effort.
"I told coach ‘flatten it out and I’ll get us a bucket." - @CJMcCollum— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) May 12, 2019
AND HE DID EXACTLY THAT. pic.twitter.com/fhm3c0zyPw
CJ is trying his a$$ off!!— Jennifer Williams (@ChocDelight1980) May 12, 2019
Why didn’t any of the Blazers writers do a story on prime Michael Jordan Freaky Friday-ing his way into CJ McCollum’s body?— Denver Stiffs (@denverstiffs) May 12, 2019
Seems like something worth reporting imo
Nikola Jokic, Denver’s best player, struggled from he field, scoring 29 points on 26 shots, and he added 13 rebounds.
The outcome of the game seemed to be going Denver’s way at halftime.
Denver leads Portland 48-39 at the half.— Brandon Ewing (@B_Skip17) May 12, 2019
Nikola Jokic is the #Nuggets only player in double-figures with 13 points to go along with five rebounds.
Damian Lillard has just seven points at halftime and is shooting 1-9 from the field, 0-4 from three.
With homecourt advantage in Game 7 and the power of the high altitude, Denver still fell short, getting outscored by 13 points in the second half with their season on the line.
Hats off to Portland. Great game, great series, great season. Best of luck in the WCF.— Denver Stiffs (@denverstiffs) May 12, 2019
We’ll have more coverage for you on the upcoming Warriors vs Blazers matchup to decide the winner of the West.