SEE 4-Overtime Historic Finish Between Trail Blazers & Nuggets

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The drama was never more evident than on Friday with a historic four-overtime thriller in which the host Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Denver Nuggets to take a 2-1 Western Conference Semifinals series lead.

The Nuggets trimmed a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to 95-90 in the final minute thanks to an astonishing 14 offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter and a 19-9 run before Rodney Hood's two free throws with 17 seconds left iced it.

Then there's Denver and Portland, who barely had time to catch their breath after the Trail Blazers' victory in Friday's marathon gave them a 2-1 lead.

McCollum scored 28 points after the third quarter and Damian Lillard added 28 in the game for Portland, which stretched its winning streak at home to 12 games dating back to the regular season.

The Nuggets might not be as good of a group of shooters as they showed in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series with the Portland Trail Blazers but they're certainly not as bad as they were in Game 2.

Exhaustion might have struck Jokic, but he didn't understand it. "You don't think how many minutes you're playing, you're just trying to win the game with everything you got" he mentioned after the thriller and jokingly added: "I'm not going out after four overtimes". It's the type of loss that may very well end up being the turning point in the series. "They are coming off a seven-game series and so we will see them in a couple of days". "I don't know what they're talking about", Jokic said. "We're at our best when he's on the floor, making plays for himself and for his teammates".

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If anybody deserved some time off, it's the All-Star center who just played 65 minutes in a game.

INJURY WATCH: Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray was hobbled by a right leg injury.

As the Nuggets board a plane for Portland just about an hour after losing Game 3, their confidence remains strong and intact.

Jokic had just six points at the half, when the Nuggets were booed off the court after missing their final eight shots. In Cleveland he struggled for consistency, eventually falling out of the rotation in the playoffs and was on the move again in February, landing with the Trail Blazers. "I thought we were a lot better offensively than in game one". If Denver's bench unit can have success early in Game 4, it will go a long way in creating additional rest opportunities for Malone's starters. "Shots weren't dropping for the whole second half so we have to be able to get to the rack or draw fouls".

"I do love the fact that our guys competed at such a high level", Malone said.

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