Five crazy numbers from Blazers/Nuggets epic four OT battle
An instant classic played out Friday evening at the Moda Center. Two heavyweight teams battled through a tough 48 minutes, but it didn’t end there.
In a seesaw battle, that stretched out into the wee hours of the night, the Portland Trail Blazers found a way to escape with a 140-137 victory over the Denver Nuggets and take a 2-1 lead in the second round series.
The tale of the tape doesn’t do the game justice, but it created some pretty incredible numbers that stand out. Here are five of the craziest stats from the wild back-and-forth game...
The last time an NBA playoff game went to a fourth overtime, a gallon of milk cost 95 cents and you could buy a loaf of bread for two dimes and get four pennies back in change.
The Boston Celtics beat the Syracuse Nationals by a final of 111-105 on March 21, 1953. The legendary Bob Cousy dropped 50 points to lead Boston.
66 years later, the Blazers and Nuggets battled for 68 minutes, which is bound to take a toll when these two teams face off again on Sunday.
65 is the number of minutes that 7-footer Nikola Jokic logged in the epic battle between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers.
The All-Star center didn’t just play major minutes, he dropped an incredible 33-point, 18-rebound, 14-assist triple-double.
Jokic has been an issue all series long, but Portland outlasted the Serbian-born big. The Joker struggled down the stretch of the game, turning the ball over three times in the first three overtime sessions to finish the night with a game-high eight gaffs.
Jokic wasn’t the only player to log heavy time. Seven players saw 49 minutes or more of court time in the Marathon at Moda Center.
It’s not who starts the game, it’s who finishes it. And Rodney Hood finished the game in dramatic fashion.
After playing just 31 seconds in the first three overtime sessions, the 26-year-old wing came off Terry Stotts’ bench with a spring in his step. He scored seven points in the final 1:45 of the fourth overtime to help Portland escape with the win.
Hood finished the night with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting in just 24 minutes of action. With most of the team logging massive minutes, Hood should have fresh legs when the series resumes on Sunday.
Through three quarters, C.J. McCollum had a total of 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Over the next 22 minutes, he turned on the jets and aggressively attacked the Nuggets defense.
McCollum dropped in 28 points on 12-of-28 shooting over the fourth quarter and four overtime sessions to lead all scorers with 41 points.
Denver has done their best to slow Damian Lillard in Games 2 and 3. The counter punch from Stotts isn’t to force more touches to his star guard, but to allow McCollum to take on more of the scoring load. So far, the plan is working out.
If the Portland Trail Blazers are looking for a helpful stat, the Denver Nuggets are now 9-70 in franchise history on the road in the postseason, including 1-3 this year.
Denver knew they had an uphill battle when they lost at home Wednesday. The Blazers went to their own homes to sleep in their own beds after Friday’s marathon. They’ll likely be the fresher team when the all important Game 4 tips off on Sunday afternoon.