It looked very bleak early on in Game 7 for the Portland Trail Blazers as they trailed by as many as 17 points at one point on the road against the Denver Nuggets. Portland needed someone to take over the game and they got it out of C.J. McCollum.
With the Blazers leading 96-95 with he hit a clutch step back jump shot with 12.4 seconds remaining to put them up three. On the ensuing Denver possession, Nikola Jokic was fouled and only made one free throw. Evan Turner made two free throws with eight seconds remaining for Portland to seal the deal for them by winning Game 7, 100-96.
This will be the first time since 2000 that the Portland Trail Blazers have advanced to the Western Conference Finals.
McCollum finished with 37 points and he shot 58.6 percent from the field. He also grabbed nine rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.
Turner finished with 14 points off the bench. He made eight free throws on nine attempts. Evan Turner also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked one shot.
Portland’s bench scored 29 points in this game.
Damian Lillard struggled big time in this game scoring the basketball. He only scored 13 points on 17.6 percent shooting from the field. Lillard also grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded eight assists, and recorded three steals.
Enes Kanter recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. He also recorded one assist.
Nikola Jokic was once again the best player on the floor in this game for the Nuggets. He finished the game with 29 points on 42.3 percent shooting from the field. Jokic also grabbed 13 rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked four shots.
Jamal Murray scored 17 points but he shot 22.2 percent from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds and recorded five assists.
Gary Harris scored 15 points and he shot 63.6 percent from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds and recorded three assists.
Paul Millsap also struggled scoring the basketball in this contest. He finished with only 10 points and he shot 23.1 percent from the field. Millsap also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded one assist, and blocked three shots.
Denver’s bench scored 17 points and Will Barton scored eight of them. He also grabbed three rebounds and recorded one assist.
The Trail Blazers biggest lead in this game was seven points.
Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors will be on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
The Denver Nuggets have a bright future ahead of them and they have not reached the Western Conference Finals since 2009. Denver exceeded expectations this season.