Nuggets a win away of West finals

Nuggets a win away of West finals

The 34-year-old forward with almost 100 games of playoff experience has injected some savvy into a series dominated by youth and emerging stars.

"When you can look to a four-time All-Star with 90 playoff games under his belt, that's reassuring".

Earlier in the series, it was Denver's Jamal Murray doing the damage.

With the Nuggets within grasp of clinching the series in Game 6, Portland needs to make adjustments immediately.

Gary Harris called Millsap "that calming factor" for a team making its first playoff appearance in six seasons. As we said, Kanter was a huge help for the Blazers, ' and his power was helpful a lot. We've got to bring the fight, physicality and the attack mindset.

The Nuggets never trailed and stretched a six-point lead after one quarter to 18 at the half and 28 heading into the fourth quarter. Murray added 18 points to go with nine assists and zero turnovers.

Damian Lillard led Portland with 22 points but again struggled from the arc, going 2 of 9 on 3-pointers. "In transition, you've got to find him, and then he's a monster on the glass". But it's Paul Millsap who is the Nuggets glue guy and just quietly gets the job done. "So, it's tough to deal with".

The final, 124-98 Nuggets in a rout. They led by as many as 31 before a parade of backups gave the starters some much-needed breathers.

For the second straight series the Nuggets found themselves down 2-1 with Game 4 on the road.

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Take Portland to win Game 6 and Denver to win the series.

"He's been phenomenal, but it's not surprising for any of us", Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after the game. Game 7, if necessary would be played Sunday in Denver. The Nuggets had 22 second chance points on 10 offensive rebounds, while the Blazers finished with 19 second chance points on 13 offensive rebounds.

It's never fair when a big man gets switched on to a guard on defense.

"We guarded him really well in the regular season and we've guarded him well for five games now".

The Denver Nuggets took a moment to reflect on the deadly school shooting in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday.

It's unclear which school his daughter attends.

Malone didn't want to address the tragedy with his team before tip-off, saying it was "a conversation and a subject maybe on an off day". I don't know if (there has) been a player in National Basketball Association history that does that. Denver totaled 66 points in the paint to 44 from Portland.

Denver: Murray picked up a technical in the third quarter while demonstrating a move by Lillard to an official, who took offense. But the Nuggets flexed in Game 5, and the Trail Blazers wilted.

Lillard missed the free throw, and the wheels fell off from there.

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