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The Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Denver Nuggets 140-137 in the second four-overtime game in NBA Playoffs history to take a 2-1 series lead.

CJ McCollum, who lead the Blazers with 41 points in the win, missed a 17-foot step back jumper with 23.1 seconds to go in the fourth OT, but McCollum followed his shot and came up with the offensive rebound and then found Hood. It was a matter of who was going to dig deeper, who was going to fight through and get that one extra rebound, that one extra stop, that one loose ball, make that free throw.

The Nuggets were misfiring from every distance as they fell 97-90 to the visiting Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, squaring the series at 1-1 heading into Friday night's Game 3 in Portland. The Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 21-9 ATS in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Conference Semifinals games.

"First overtime, I think I separated my shoulder more", Kanter said after the game, per ESPN. "I had no idea that I'd end up in Portland in this type of situation".

Wells played with six seasons with the Trail Blazers averaging 13.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Before being traded to the Blazers, Kanter declined to travel to play in a January London game with his New York Knicks teammates against the Washington Wizards for fear of arrest or assassination by Turkish agents.

"If you think about the four losses we've had in the postseason, we're shooting 32% from three in our losses", Malone stated. Rodney Hood had 19 points off the bench.

At least Portland wrapped up its first-round series against Oklahoma City quickly, earning some down time after Lillard's long 3-pointer ended the series in five games.

The National Basketball Association play-off series now transitions to Portland, with Game 3 today.

Jamal Murray had a playoff-high 34 points for the Nuggets.

The Blazers, in the conference semifinals since 2016, have won the last two games after second-seeded Denver's victory in Game 1. There was the weird victory in the final game of the regular season, a game the Blazers practically tried to lose.

Still, none of that would do justice to the sheer insanity of a quadruple overtime playoff game that rode so many tides and swells that we're still feeling a bit queasy one day later.

"There were a couple of moments when I thought we had the game", Malone said. "But we've got to do it for 48 minutes and that was the most disappointing thing about tonight - we brought it in the second half but in the first half it was not there".


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