In Denver, it was not Damian Lillard's night.
It was the first winning buzzer-beater in a Game 7 in National Basketball Association history.
Lillard's sixth 3-pointer of the game put Portland up 83-78. Dame and CJ being locked in from the outset = Portland at their best. The Blazers team that last made the conference finals included Scottie Pippen and Arvydas Sabonis.
McCollum credited Seth Curry for cutting off Murray's lane to the basket. "If I've got to play 45 minutes and push myself out there, that's what I'll do". Shout out to my guy 'Bron. It was a mini version of Bron's block on Iggy. Definitely didn't get up as high but it was a cool play. That's how I got here. In a few of the ones where he didn't hit that total his scoring exploits weren't at all needed, such as Game 5 vs. Orlando or in their 36 point blow out last game.
Durant went on to advise McCollum to "just keep playing and don't worry about what goes on at the top of things". "That's a shot he makes consistently". As long as you're giving 100 percent, you can't be nervous because you're focused on the plays and actions and whatever you're doing on the floor. And I was saying after we should have sent someone at him.
Jokic led Denver with 29 points.
Jimmy Butler had levelled the scoreline in the dying moments with a layup, seemingly sending the game to overtime as the 76ers then fouled Leonard. Instead of missing the second on objective, he made it for a 98-96 deficit.
Evan Turner scored 14 points, but more importantly was eight of nine from the free-throw line, including several big ones down the stretch for Portland.
Teammates swarmed Leonard along the baseline after his fall-away shot from the right corner.
Kawhi Leonard hit a buzzer-beating jump shot that bounced up and around the rim before finally dropping through the net, and the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 92-90 on Sunday night in the seventh and deciding game of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
It is extremely hard for teams to win a Game 7 on the road.
Now they find themselves as a big dog to the Milwaukee Bucks.
"It's tough", Butler said. The Raptors are seeking their first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history.
At the end of the day, the Raptors and Sixers were built to play for a championship and anything short would be and must be viewed as a disappointment. That time, he caught the ball and shot without dribbling.
"I think for us the biggest thing was just to take it one possession at a time", McCollum said. "I ended up finding a spot that I like, that I work on".
During the playoffs, Siakam is averaging 23.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game at home compared to 19.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game on the road.
The Nuggets won Games 4 and 5 in both series but couldn't close out their opponent in a road Game 6, which has ultimately led to the second Game 7 at Pepsi Center this season. JJ Redick had 17 points, Butler added 16, and Tobias Harris had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Give me the reigning champs in six. After winning Game 1 over the Philadelphia 76ers by double-digits, they dropped back-to-back games.
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