NBA Tipoff: Celtics, Blazers aim to protect home court after road wins

Long-distance shots made by Damian Lillard in the first round of the NBA Playoffs

Long-distance shots made by Damian Lillard in the first round of the NBA Playoffs

The only other postseason game to go that distance was when the Boston Celtics and Syracuse Nationals met in March 1953.

Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood picked a good time to find his clutch gene, scoring seven of his 19 points in the fourth overtime.

Nuggets star Nikola Jokic had a chance to tie the game at the line in the final seconds, but he missed his first free throw, and the Blazers held on for the win.

The Blazers came away with a thriller of a victory on Friday night, outlasting the Nuggets in quadruple OT and coming away with a 2-1 series lead.

Prior to the game, the Nuggets' odds of heading to the Western Conference Finals were set at -240. I don't know what they're talking about.

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However, he also admitted the Blazers had been too lax in guarding All-Star centre Nikola Jovic, who paced Denver with 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, especially in the final quarter. Lillard's floater with 31 seconds left gave Portland a 102-100 lead, before Barton's layup tied it. Al-Farouq Aminu missed a 3-pointer for Portland with 6.7 seconds to go.In the first overtime, McCollum's layup tied it at 109 with 8.7 seconds left and Jokic missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer.

After the game, Harkless told reporters he was day-to-day and uncertain for Game 3 in Portland.

Maurice Harkless started for the Blazers after rolling his ankle in the second quarter of Game 2 and sitting out the rest of the way. The Nuggets were misfiring from every distance as they fell 97-90 to the visiting Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, squaring the series at 1-1 heading into Friday night's Game 3 in Portland. You look up at the scoreboard, and you're thinking about how you're going to feel after the game is over.

Stotts meanwhile praised the defensive effort that restricted Jokic, but was unhappy that the Serbian managed to haul down 14 rebounds throughout the game. The team went 15-48 under Bickerstaff in 2017-18 and 33-49 this season.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Nuggets forward Torrey Craig. The clear mask he donned was from a previous injury.

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"The last quarter we missed a lot of put-backs, but 23 offensive rebounds is a big number", Jokic said.

"First overtime, I think I separated my shoulder more", Kanter said after the game.

"In that first half they were the aggressor, they were much more physical", Malone said.

"That was the craziest game I have ever been a part of", said Damian Lillard, who scored 28 points for Portland.

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