Powell tied his playoff high with 29 points and the Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 115-95 on Saturday in Game 4 to tie the first-round series.
“I love these types of games, these types of moments. This is the time when nothing else matters, ”said Powell. “You get stuck in the season sometimes with stats, this and the other, road trips, but when you get into the playoffs the only thing that matters is winning.
Powell scored four 3-pointers and was 11th of 15 from the floor. When he left the field with the game in hand, fans chanted “Nor-man Pow-ell! Nor-man Pow-ell!
“I thought it was really drugs,” he said. “At first I didn’t know what they were saying when I was sitting there, then the guys on the bench were also singing, which made me smile. “
CJ McCollum added 21 points for the sixth-seeded Trail Blazers. The series moves to Game 5 Tuesday night in Denver.
Nikola Jokic finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for third-seeded Denver before advancing into the final quarter. He was the Nuggets’ top scorer.
Lillard was 1-for-10 from the field but finished with 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. He also made it into the final quarter after the Blazers led by up to 33 points in the third.
“If you had told me in this game that Lillard will be 1-in-10 on the field and we’re going to blow ourselves up, I probably wouldn’t have believed it,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “So I have to be a lot better and the urgency has to be there. Maybe this could be a wake-up call for our starting group, just to play louder. Good things happen when you play hard, and we weren’t anywhere playing hard enough tonight.
The Nuggets beat the Blazers 120-115 at the Moda Center on Thursday night. In that game, Denver had 20 3 points and got a boost of four consecutive 3s from Austin Rivers during a key stretch in the fourth quarter. On Saturday, Rivers had eight points.
It was imperative for Portland that this great man Jusuf Nurkic – probably Portland’s best defense against Jokic – steer clear of trouble after committing a foul in the previous two games. Portland Bank, except Carmelo Anthony, had also struggled, dominated in Game 3 24-19 by Denver.
Nurkic finished with 17 points and Anthony had 12 – on his 37th birthday – to lead the bench.
“We got our asses screwed up tonight so that should be all the motivation we need,” Denver said. JaMychal Green mentionned. “I mean it was embarrassing. So when we go home, we have to be the aggressors.
Game 3 of the series has been put on hold for some Denver-area viewers due to an ongoing dispute between Altitude Sports and the Comcast / Dish providers. Altitude had exclusive rights to Game 3, meaning only DirecTV subscribers could watch.
Game 5 in Denver could face a similar blackout for some fans.
Nurkic said he disputed what he claimed the analyst Kendrick Perkins said about his defense after Game 3.
“I guess in this league today he would be a mascot,” Nurkic said. “I don’t know why he pretended it like that, and I love him as a person too. “
nuggets: Will Barton remained out for the Nuggets with a hamstring injury even though he was close to a comeback. … Jamal Murray stayed in Denver to continue his recovery from ACL surgery. Murray was also concerned about the local TV situation, tweeting, “We have to find a way to get our games out everywhere. “
Trail Blazers: With his start on Saturday, Lillard tied Kevin Duckworth atop Portland’s career list with 59 playoff starts. … Zach Collins, who came out with a broken left foot, landed shots before the game. There was no word on his return. … Portland’s halftime lead was his first of the series. … Fans sang “Happy Birthday” to Anthony between Q3 and Q4.
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