Nikola Jokic narrowly missed out on a triple-double by one assist as he led the Nuggets to a 147-140 victory over the Damian Lillard-led Portland Trail Blazers. More than Jokic, it was Damian Lillard who stole the show, breaking records on the way. He scored 55 points while providing 10 assists, twice scoring game-tying shots to send the game into overtime. It was the first 55 point and 10 assist game in playoff history. Lillard’s 50+ and 10 assist performance was the only other such performance in NBA history. He had scored 51 points and 13 assists against the Houston Rockets for the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017.
Jokic was aided by Monte Morris who scored 28 points while Michael Porter Jr. scored 26 points while securing 12 rebounds. Austin Rivers chipped in with 18 crucial points while providing seven assists and Aaron Gordon scored 14 points while securing 10 rebounds. The win gave the Denver Nuggets a 3-2 lead in their first-round series in the Western Conference Finals.
Robert Covington scored 19 points while securing 11 rebounds and CJ McCollum scored 18 points in a losing cause for the Portland Trailblazers. Jusuf Nurkic scored 13 points while securing 11 rebounds and Norman Powell added 13 points. Damian Lillard scored a record 12 three-pointers in a playoff game for the Portland Trail Blazers. His record 3-pointer came from 30 feet to put the Trail Blazers 140-138 ahead in the second overtime.
Nikola Jokic then tied the game after he drove for an easy layup. Both teams missed their shot from the following possessions before Michael Porter Jr. scored a corner three-pointer to put the Nuggets three ahead with one and a half minutes on the clock. Both teams once again missed their chance to affect the scorecard before Morris made two free throws. This ensured that it was beyond the reach of Damian Lillard and his Trail Blazers. They will now have a home advantage for Game 6.