Michael Porter put in a three-point basket 1.33 to go into second overtime to help the Denver Nuggets come back from behind and defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 147-140 in Game Five, Tuesday.
The Nuggets lead the first-round series 3-2 in the West.
The Nuggets won despite an impressive performance by Damien Lillard, who scored 55 points in the playoffs. He also set a league record in the playoffs with three points, with a score of 12. Some of those forced into overtime first and then in second place. Previous tag (11) was held by Klay Thompson with Golden State against Oklahoma City on May 28, 2016.
Lillard scored 17 of Portland’s 19 additional points.
He became the first player in NBA history to accumulate at least 50 points, 10 assists, and 10 long baskets in a single game, both in the regular season and in the playoffs.
In the win, Nikola Jokic scored 38 points and went on to assist only from a three-pointer. He had made a 140-140 tie.
The Blazers were only three points behind moments later, but two errors from Robert Covington and CJ McCollum saw the Nuggets win game five.
Monty Morris managed two free throws with 8.8 seconds remaining on the board to decide the duel.
The Nuggets will try to eliminate the Blazers Thursday in Portland.
The Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers 115-85 to advance 3-2 in this match.
Devin Booker scored 30 points after two quieter games.
The Suns tied the series on Sunday and this time beat the Lakers, who were playing without Anthony Davis.
Davis suffers from a thigh injury he picked up in game four.
The Suns were already 30 points ahead after two quarterbacks, the biggest first-half deficit an L.A. team has faced in 25 years.
They only have 14 three-pointers and four turnovers against one of the league’s best defenses this season.
The only bad thing about them is that Chris Paul could have made his right shoulder injury worse. He went out in the third quarter and never came back after that.
In the loss, LeBron James scored 17 points out of 24 in third place. He did not complete the fourth game in this desperate case.
“We got kicked,” James said after the meeting.
“We have to be better if we want to force a seventh game. Obviously there are many lessons to be learned from this meeting and there are many things to review, hoping to do better in the sixth meeting. But they kicked our ass, annoyed,” James said at a press conference. There is nothing to say.”