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BBNBA: Blazers, Sixers Both Force Game 7s

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Good afternoon, folks. Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets couldn’t close out Portland on the road. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.

RECAP

(2) Raptors – 101 @ (3) Sixers – 112 (Tied 3-3)

  • The final score is not quite indicative of how this game went. An 11-point win is impressive, no doubt, but it ignores the fact that the Raptors poured in an easy 10-plus points with under a couple of minutes left. Philadelphia dominated this game. They lead by 15-20 points for a good chunk of the second half, thanks in large part to the magical abilities of Joel Embiid. The former Kansas big man is still dealing with injuries but played some monster defense in spite of that. Jimmy Butler led the Sixers with 25 points, six rebounds, and eight assists while Ben Simmons added 21 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
  • Game 7 will head back to Toronto with the winner advancing to take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals.

(2) Nuggets – 108 @ (3) Trail Blazers – 119 (Tied 3-3)

  • Jamal Murray posted 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Denver Nuggets, who flamed out in the fourth quarter and allowed the Portland Trail Blazers to tie the series up for a Game 7. 17 points in the third quarter from Damian Lillard pushed the Blazers out to an early fourth quarter lead and they were able to maintain enough separation thanks to big minutes from a couple of reserve players; Seth Curry and Zach Collins.

  • Enes Kanter contributed six points and 14 rebounds on 2-9 shooting for the Blazers. This marks the third game in a row that Kanter has failed to reach double-digits in scoring. Through the first eight playoff games of this postseason, Kanter topped double-digits in six of those outings but since then has scored only a combined 18 points over three games.
  • Game 7 will head back to Denver, where the Nuggets post one of the best home court records in the NBA. The winner will play the eventual winner of Warriors-Rockets in the Western Conference finals.

STATISTICS

PlayerResultPointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Jamal Murray (DEN)108-119 L @ POR247-20 (3-6)105100-445
Enes Kanter (POR)119-108 W vs. DEN62-9 (0-0)141002+329
Jodie Meeks (TOR)101-112 L @ PHI21-2 (0-1)00100+83
Trey Lyles (DEN)108-119 L @ PORDNP-CD----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)108-119 L @ PORDNP-CD----------------
Skal Labissiere (POR)119-108 W vs. DENDNP-CD----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

9:00 (ESPN): Warriors (Cousins-out) @ Rockets (GSW leads 3-2)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan