But a foul by Mason Plumlee gifted two free throws to Hood, who coolly drained both attempts to take the Blazers 97-90 clear with 17 seconds remaining.
If you stayed up to watch the second of two encounters on the National Basketball Association schedule last night, you already know Game 3 in the Blazers-Nuggets series will go down in history - partly due to a multitude of storylines that transpired last night, largely by accident.
Six Portland players finished in double figures, with CJ McCollum leading the way on 20 points and Enes Kanter adding another 15.
"First overtime, I think I separated my shoulder more", he told reporters after the win, which gave the Blazers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals.
Exhaustion might have struck Jokic, but he didn't understand it. "You don't think how many minutes you're playing, you're just trying to win the game with everything you got" he mentioned after the thriller and jokingly added: "I'm not going out after four overtimes".More news: Kensington Palace drops major hint baby Sussex has arrived!
The series shifts to Portland for Game 3 Friday night, and Lillard's hoping a return to the Moda Center will help him find his long-range rhythm after he misfired on 14 of 19 3-pointers in Denver.
Denver: The Nuggets missed 23 of 29 3-pointers. "I'm proud of my teammates". "Shooters shoot, but at the same time we're still shooting and they're not going down", he said. But it was the Blazers' defense and the team's bench, led by Rodney Hood, that kept them in this game.
Some 41 hours after the end of the Trail Blazers' 140-137 quadruple-overtime victory over the Nuggets in Friday's Game 3, the teams will tip it off again. We're all big boys, let's go out and play the game accordingly. Nuggets guard Jamal Murray scored a team-high 34 points, while forward Paul Millsap made multiple clutch baskets late in the overtime periods. "He knows when I want the ball, we can kind of make eye contact, and I know when he wants the ball".
Portland has played well offensively, averaging 116.6 points per game through the first three games of the series. But the 2019 Portland Trail Blazers are on a whole other plane of existence right now, one in which career-defining performances and historical anomalies are just par for the course on a nightly basis. "But we've got to do it for 48 minutes and that was the most disappointing thing about tonight - we brought it in the second half but in the first half it was not there". The coaches and staff all wore bow ties in Game 2 in honor of Jon Yim, the team's video coordinator and player development coach, who was seriously injured in a auto accident in Portland last week.
"Normal play", Malone said.