The former Knick played a career-high 56 minutes with a separated left shoulder in his Trail Blazers' eventual 140-137 triumph over the Denver Nuggets in Game 3 of their Western Conference second-round series on Friday night in Portland. Jokic missed the first of two free throws for Denver and Seth Curry made free throws for the Blazers to close it out.
Portland coach Terry Stotts paid tribute to the team's video coordinator, Jonathan Yim, who was seriously injured in a vehicle crash with his family last week, after the Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 97-90 to tie their Western Conference semi-finals at one game apiece.
The Blazers face the Nuggets in Game 4 from Portland on Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. PT.
"That was the craziest game I have ever been a part of", said Lillard.
When a player can literally skip into a game, they've got enough energy to bring life back to a team that was playing in quadruple overtime.
Lillard's 50 points set a franchise playoff record for the Trail Blazers.
"I actually felt pretty good", Hood said.
"If you think about the four losses we've had in the postseason, we're shooting 32% from three in our losses", Malone stated.
Hood finished with 19 points in the Game 3 win. After a brief altercation near the end of the game, when Kanter and Gary Harris were assessed technical fouls, the crowd chanted "Kanter sucks!" with one fan yelling "Go back to Turkey!"
The Western Conference's No.3 seed heads back home with a chance to take a 2-1 series lead in Game 3 Friday night.
The Portland Trailblazers traded for Bonzi Wells draft rights from the Detroit Pistons, who took him eleventh overall out of Ball State. Jokic led the Denver scorers with 16 points while Jamal Murray added 15.
"In that first half they were the aggressor, they were much more physical", Malone said. That last game is already being hailed as "an instant classic".
There was an extreme sense of deja vu in the Pepsi Center after the Denver Nuggets fell 97-90 at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Nuggets: Averaging 105.2 points, 44.4 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 5.6 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field.
"I got my first bucket to go down, and coach kept going to me, and then CJ is a hell of a player getting rebounds, so I think that's a big thing that we talk about, is just trusting each other", Hood said.
The Nuggets went ahead early in the second half.