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Blazers Face Elimination After Game 5 Blow Out

DENVER (AP) – Nikola Jokic scored 25 points and tied a team playoff high with 19 rebounds, and Paul Millsap injected some experience into a series dominated by youth, sparking the Nuggets’ 124-to-98 blowout of the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. The win gives Denver a 3-to-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Nuggets never trailed and stretched a six-point lead after one quarter to 18 at the half and 28 heading into the fourth quarter. They led by as many as 31 before a parade of backups gave the starters some much-needed breathers. Damian Lillard led Portland with 22 points, but again struggled from the arc, going 2-of-9 on 3-pointers. It’s the first lopsided game in a series that was so evenly matched. Coming into game 5 Denver held a cumulative scoring advantage of 464-to-462. The Nuggets can secure their first trip to the Western Conference Finals in a decade with a win in Game 6 on Thursday night in Portland.

After the game, Damian Lillard told the media, “We’re going back home to try to force a Game 7.”

 

Here’s what Coach Stotts said after the game

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