CJ McCollum has huge chasedown block on Jamal Murray

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The Nuggets could barely hit a thing from beyond the 3-point line as they went 2 for 19, and ultimately Nikola Jokic's 29 points and 13 rebounds wasn't enough to pull out a win.

This was not Damian Lillard's night.

The Blazers are headed to their first Western Conference finals since 2000.

The Denver Nuggets have a chance Sunday afternoon to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009.

McCollum said he channeled LeBron James on a key chase down block in the 4th quarter.

The Nuggets finished last in the Northwest Division last season despite a 46-36 record, while the Blazers finished first at 49-33. With that said, game sevens are often decided by stars who refuse to allow their team to go home, and there's not many backcourts in the league I trust more than Lillard and McCollum. "Just day-by-day, but I don't have a timetable right now". Shout out to my guy 'Bron. The stakes weren't quite as high, nor was his play quite as impressive, but it was absolutely reminiscent of LeBron's incredible block on Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. "I might get a picture of that". The Blazers were 0 for 9 on 3s in the first quarter and 1 for 5 in the second half.

Almost every player in Malone's rotation made significant strides from last season, and with the Nuggets owning one of the youngest cores in the entire league, it's safe to say that the future is bright in Denver. "At that point of the game you want to make them work for everything".

"I know for us - I didn't see their bench - but our bench never came close to coming on the floor", Malone said.

Though this is Lillard's sixth postseason, he's never played in a Game 7. Instead of missing the second on goal, he made it for a 98-96 deficit.

With under five minutes to play, the Blazers were clinging to a four-point lead when Nikola Jokic secured a rebound and tossed a flawless outlet pass to Jamal Murray.

Rodney Hood, whom Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he was most anxious about heading into Game 7, injured his left knee in the third quarter and left the game. But Stotts called a timeout with 7:26 left in the second quarter and his team began chipping away.

"We don't quit", Portland's Enes Kanter said. "I didn't think they ever stopped believing. It was just about regrouping". The Portland Trail Blazers have lost three of their last five road games.

"It's competitive playoff basketball", Barton said of the tempers flaring in Game 6. "For him to be as emotional and upset as he was speaks to his caring".

The NBA confirmed Denver's Will Barton and Torrey Craig and Portland's Seth Curry and Zach Collins will not face any further discipline after a fourth-quarter incident resulted in shoving and those four players being given technical fouls.

Hood remained down, clutching his left knee for a few minutes.

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