It came down to the very end, but the Portland Trail Blazers found a way to win over the Denver Nuggets, 100-96. It didn’t come easily – the Nuggets were up by 12 at the end of the first quarter, and extended that lead to 17 points in the second. But the Trail Blazers just wouldn’t go away, and a momentum-changing run at the end of the half brought the deficit back to single digits.
CJ McCollum was the star of the show for the Blazers, scoring a game-high 37 points while adding nine rebounds. Enes Kanter finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Remember, Kanter is currently fasting for Ramadan, which means he can’t eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. To get ready for the matchup, he woke up at 3:25 a.m. to get a meal in before game 7. He refrained from drinking any water, even during timeouts.
Talked to Enes Kanter about not drinking any water during the game and he said he was really feeling it in the fourth quarter. The fact the game was in Denver didn’t make it any easier either.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 12, 2019
Denver’s Nikola Jokic closed out his sensational first postseason with 29 points and 13 rebounds, while Jamal Murray added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Fellow Cats Skal Labissiere (Trail Blazers), Jarred Vanderbilt and Trey Lyles (Nuggets) did not enter the game.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 12, 2019
After posting an emotional Mother’s Day message this morning, Kanter switched gears just in time for some trash talk following the end of the game.
Refund please!!!!! pic.twitter.com/8HKoNTUCeU
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 12, 2019
The No. 3 Trail Blazers will now face the No. 1 Golden State Warriors in the conference finals. It’ll be Portland’s first trip to the conference finals since 2000.