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NBA Playoffs: Denver Nuggets take the lead against Blazers

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The Denver Nuggets have taken the lead in the first round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. In the 120: 115 victory, the main actor in the end is for once Austin Rivers.

Portland Trail Blazers (6) – Denver Nuggets (3) 115:120 (BOXSCORE), Serie: 1-2

The Guard scored 11 of his 21 points (7/14 FG) in the last six minutes of the game and put his team on the road to victory after the Nuggets had already lost a lead in the meantime. As usual, Nikola Jokic also appeared dominant, this time with 36 points (12/23), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. As a team, the Nuggets set a new franchise record with 20/38 threesomes – Michael Porter Jr. also helped with 3/5 (15 points).

The Blazers couldn’t quite keep up, even if they also hit a few threesomes in the final minutes and ended up with 14/45. Damian Lilard got 37 points, but only hit 5 of his 16 threesomes. CJ McCollum (22), Norman Powell (18) and Carmelo Anthony (17) also scored hard, but the problem with the Blazers was, as so often, that they could not generate any stops. Especially after Jusuf Nurkic (13, 13 rebounds) picked up his sixth foul.

The fouls were basically again an issue for the Blazers, which is why Lillard subsequently complained: “I had the feeling that everything we did was a foul. You could hear the whistle with every damned action,” said the superstar. “But there’s a lot we could have done differently. We can’t find excuses and blame it. I’m not saying that’s why we lost.”

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After a hot first quarter of both teams, but especially the Nuggets (39:30), a lot smelled like a veritable shootout, but instead the game took a different direction, especially in the second half. The game in the third quarter was characterized by defensive and fighting, no team was able to pull away, with the Nuggets holding the majority of the game over the lead. In the middle of the fourth quarter the game was balanced at 91:91 after a three from Anthony.

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