Portland Trail Blazers drop Game 1 to Denver Nuggets, 121-113

Nuggets-Trail Blazers series preview Matchups mismatches what to watch

Nuggets-Trail Blazers series preview Matchups mismatches what to watch

The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets meet Wednesday in game two of the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs at the Pepsi Center.

With the win, Denver now holds a 1-0 advantage, which is something they were not able to accomplish in their first round matchup against San Antonio.

Lillard, who struck for 50 points, including a 37-footer at the buzzer to oust Oklahoma City in five games in the previous round, missed eight of 12 three-point attempts and Gary Harris blocked his three from behind in the closing minute to keep the Trail Blazers from closing in.

The Blazers and Nuggets will continue their respective playoff runs Monday night when the two sides meet in the series opener of their best-of-seven set.

That, said Jokic, was "a really good game for us. It gave us an example of how we need to play". The Blazers ultimately lost the game 121-113 and after the match, Lillard spoke about how the team's obsession with the officiating became a problem.

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One boost for the Trail Blazers was the sight of Enes Kanter putting up 26 points after separating his left shoulder against the Thunder. It was a really tough game for us to win and we won it.

That's exactly the kind of mettle Malone was looking for from his team, the youngest in the West. Kanter and McCollum each finished the first quarter in double-figures as they scored 10 points a piece. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 111.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 45 percent shooting. After Jusuf Nurkic, Jokic's former teammate, went down for the year with a leg injury, Portland has relied on Enes Kanter.

"I hope so", he said.

On his performance, Jokic added: "I was a little bit more aggressive".

"It was a good offensive game but I thought the turnovers really made the difference", Stotts said. The Trail Blazers, who are in the playoffs for the sixth straight season, had almost a week off after dispatching Oklahoma City in five games to advance for the first time in three years. Lillard scored back-to-back layups with just under nine minutes left in the fourth quarter to make it a five-point game. The Trail Blazers outshot the Nuggets 51.9 percent to 50.6 percent. Denver, which had the best home record in the league during the regular season (37-4), rode a big game from Nikola Jokic to win its sixth straight at the Pepsi Center over Portland and take a 1-0 series lead. Denver was 27 of 31 from the free throw line.

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