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Recap: Blazers Beat Nuggets 119-108, Force Game 7

It’s winner-take-all Sunday, as Portland held off Denver to force a deciding game.

NBA: Playoffs-Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

In a wild Moda Center atmosphere, the Blazers bench came alive, helping push the Blazers ahead in the fourth quarter where they held on for a huge 119-108 victory (Box Score). With the win, the Blazers tie the best-of-seven series 3-3, and head to Denver for the deciding game Sunday.

Here are a few essentials from the night.

Lillard time returns. Damian scored 30 or more points again, hitting big three’s in the second half despite Denver’s tough defense.

You’ve got to make your free throws. Portland missed free throws all night, creating a scenario where a close game could have been more comfortable.

You’ve got to grab your rebounds. Despite an even rebound count overall, Portland again gave up key offensive rebounds to the Nuggets, leading to morale-busting three-pointers.

Rodney takes over. Hood give Lillard some much-needed rest, dominating the Nuggets during the bench stretch in the second half

Scrum alert! Former Blazer Will Barton and Seth Curry had a little tiff, and both teams quickly joined in.

What’s Next

Game 7! Portland heads to Denver for a huge game Sunday.