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NBA Playoffs: 4-OT Thriller Friday Night Gives Blazers 2-1 Series Lead/Bucks Up 2-1

May 04, 2019 - 11:58 am
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Blazers go up 2-1 after 140-137 win in 4 OTs over Denver

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rodney Hood checked back into the game, a fresh body among the weary ones all over the court.

Eager for postseason redemption after struggling in the playoffs last year, Hood got his chance Friday night.

All he had to do was wait until an NBA postseason record-tying fourth overtime.

Hood hit the key 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 140-137 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Hood was a starter for Cleveland last season when the playoffs opened, but fell out of favor and refused to check into the final minutes of a blowout win over Toronto in the second round. He was acquired by the Blazers in a February trade.

"I didn't give up. I didn't give up on myself, just kept playing, kept working," he said. "I had no idea that I'd end up in Portland in this type of situation. But to be here, to have my family in the crowd when I saw a lot of sad faces last go-round, to be here is very emotional for me, to be quite frank.

"A lot more basketball to go, though. A lot more basketball."

The Blazers and Nuggets played a lot already.

It was just the second quadruple-overtime playoff game in NBA history, joining a 1953 game between the Boston Celtics and the Syracuse Nationals.

CJ McCollum matched his career playoff high with 41 points and Damian Lillard added 28 for Portland, which stretched its winning streak at home to 12 games dating back to the regular season.

Hood scored seven points in the final OT and helped the Blazers remain unbeaten at home this postseason.

Nikola Jokic had his third triple-double of the playoffs with 33 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists, but missed a crucial free throw with 5.6 seconds to go. The 7-foot center played 65 minutes, two shy of the postseason record.

Jamal Murray had a playoff-high 34 points for the Nuggets. Game 4 is Sunday.

"We fought, we fought, we fought. That's all you can ask for. Too many second-chance points too many turnovers, that was the difference in the game," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "But that was a hell of a basketball game by two very good basketball teams."

Hood's jumper tied the game at 133 with just over a minute left in the final overtime. Will Barton missed the first of two free throws for Denver before Hood added a baseline jumper. Paul Millsap's hook shot with 27 seconds left gave the Nuggets the edge.

But Hood's 26-foot 3-pointer gave Portland a 138-136 lead as time wound down. Jokic missed the first of two free throws for Denver and Seth Curry made free throws for the Blazers to close it out.

Hood finished with 19 points.

"Rodney Hood a huge impact on the game, and they went to him," Malone said.

In the first overtime, McCollum's layup tied it at 109 with 8.7 seconds left and Jokic missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer.

With the game knotted at 118 in the second overtime, Jokic missed a 3-pointer and a jump ball with 5.7 seconds left was grabbed by McCollum. Portland called a timeout with 4.1 seconds on the clock but Lillard missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out.

Millsap's jumper with 32 seconds left gave the Nuggets a 129-125 lead in the third overtime, but Lillard's bank shot closed the gap and he added a layup that re-tied it again with 8.4 seconds left.

McCollum played 60 minutes.

The Blazers, in the conference semifinals since 2016, have won the last two games after second-seeded Denver's victory in Game 1.

Maurice Harkless started for the Blazers after rolling his ankle in the second quarter of Game 2 and sitting out the rest of the way.

Torrey Craig was also day-to-day but started for Denver, wearing a clear mask after his nose was bloodied in Wednesday's game.

Portland led by as many as 10 points in the opening half but the Nuggets pulled in front 38-37 on Murray's running 3-pointer. Portland went into the break with just a 48-47 edge.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Denver was 3-1 over the Blazers in the regular season. ... Gary Harris fouled out with just over a minute left in the third overtime. Red Rocha and Paul Seymour of Syracuse set the NBA record by playing 67 minutes in the March 21, 1953, quadruple-OT game in Boston.

Trail Blazers: The Blazers showed Lillard's 37-foot shot that clinched the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder before the game and the crowd at the Moda Center against cheered. ... Portland was 32-9 at home in the regular season.

MAN IN THE MASK

The Nuggets called Craig's injury a nasal contusion. The clear mask he donned was from a previous injury.

"Obviously I don't think it's comfortable. I don't think it's something that he prefers," Malone said. "But with the injury that he sustained and the bleeding, and the fact that this is similar to another injury that he incurred, it's being really preventative and making sure it doesn't get any worse. Torrey's one of those guys, he makes no excuses. He's a tough kid."

KANTER'S SHOULDER

Enes Kanter finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, but said afterward he re-injured his left shoulder — originally hurt in Game 5 against the Thunder.

"I will just go home and get some rest. I don't know if I can play the next game but I will do my best to be out there with my teammates," he said.

In Boston, the Bucks took a 2 games to 1 lead on the Celtics Friday night.

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo kept attacking and the Boston Celtics kept fouling.

The fouls may have slowed the second half of Game 3, but nothing could stop Antetokounmpo from putting together a signature performance in TD Garden.

Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 13 rebounds, George Hill finished with 21 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Boston 123-116 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Khris Middleton added 20 points.

Antetokounmpo had only 13 field goal attempts but had 16 points from the free throw line in a game that featured 53 total fouls called — 39 in the second half. Including Milwaukee's two regular-season games in Boston, Antetokounmpo has scored 30 or more points in each of his trips to TD Garden in 2018-19.

"I'm just gonna keep being aggressive. That's what my teammates want me to do," Antetokounmpo said. "If I have to take it all the way, I'll take it all the way."

Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and Jayson Tatum had 20 for the Celtics, who host Game 4 on Monday.

Boston led by a point at the half but was outscored 40-31 in the third quarter and trailed by as many as 17 points in the final period.

The Celtics were also outscored 52-24 in the paint and had 18 turnovers leading to 28 Milwaukee points.

Irving acknowledged the fouls did slow down the game and stunt Boston's efforts late.

"It's getting ridiculous at this point," Irving said, using an expletive to describe the lulls the fouls created.

The Bucks threw the Celtics a tactical curveball in Game 2, inserting Nikola Mirotic into the starting lineup in place of Sterling Brown.

In Game 3 it was Celtics coach Brad Stevens who brought new wrinkles, notably going with a small lineup that featured 6-foot-7 Semi Ojeleye guarding the 6-11 Antetokounmpo when he returned to the game at the start of the second quarter and again in the third quarter.

Boston also kept going at Antetokounmpo throughout the game when it had the ball. It included a one-handed dunk by Jaylen Brown over the Bucks' star early in the third quarter that brought the Celtics fans inside TD Garden to their feet. It was reminiscent of a two-handed dunk he had over Antetokounmpo in Boston's Game 1 win.

Friday's version complemented several nice defensive plays by Brown, including blocking a Tony Snell layup attempt off the backboard.

Still, Milwaukee managed to keep racking up points in the paint. The Bucks led by as many as 12 in the third quarter and took a 95-87 lead into the fourth.

That was the score when Brown was called for his fifth foul with 10:53 left on what appeared to be a light touch of Eric Bledsoe near the baseline. It brought animated protests from both Brown and Stevens. A few trips later, Tatum received a technical for protesting his foul of Antetokounmpo.

Stevens said he didn't think his team was overly frustrated by the foul calls.

"I just think ultimately they made a lot of plays in that quarter and we didn't," he said.

The Bucks started to rack up points at the line and their lead grew to 114-97 by the time Brown came back into the game with 4:53 remaining.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo is hard to stop when he's this locked in to finding ways to score and get his teammates involved.

"He's just such a force. He can get through cracks," Budenholzer said. "He's going to finish or get to the free throw line a lot if he keeps playing like this."

TIP-INS

Bucks: Finished 15 of 37 from the 3-point line.

Celtics: Finished 30 of 32 from the free throw line

HONORING HONDO

The Celtics players wore black warmup T-shirts adorned with a green No. 17 to honor Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who died last week at age 79 after a short battle with Parkinson's disease.

The team also observed a moment of silence for him prior to tipoff. Later after the game's first timeout, a highlight video was shown on the jumbotron. It ended with a spotlight being shined on his retired No. 17 banner hanging in the rafters.

Voted one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, Havlicek won eight titles with Boston and his steal of Hal Greer's inbounds pass helped the Celtics hold off Philadelphia in the 1965 Eastern Conference final.

HOMETOWN KID

The Bucks' bench outscored Boston's 42-16, with Hill and Pat Connaughton (14) leading the way.

Connaughton, who grew up as a Celtics fan in nearby Arlington, had a large rooting section of friends and family in the crowd. But he said there was no special meaning to helping Milwaukee beat his hometown team in a playoff game.

"Hopefully, in a few more weeks, I'll be able to look back and say it was pretty cool, growing up six miles away, winning a game at the TD Garden," said Connaughton, who also had seven rebounds and two steals.

HERE'S THE 92.9 FM ESPN PLAYOFF PLAY-BY-PLAY SCHEDULE:

5/4/19  6:30PM pre-game  7:30PM tipoff  Golden State @ Houston (Game 3)

5/5/19  2:00PM pre-game  2:30PM tipoff  Toronto @ Philadelphia (Game 4)

5/6/19  6:00PM tipoff  Milwaukee @ Boston (Game 4)

Followed by  Golden State @ Houston (Game 4)

 

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