All the emotions resurfaced for this classic game.
Game 7 of last year’s playoffs between the Trail Blazers and Nuggets had a little bit of everything!
And as all the postseason feelings came rushing back, it was fun to relive this comeback win with Rip City Faithful.
Heading into the final game of the series, here is how things played out:
Game 1 Mon. April 29 DENVER 121, Portland 113
Game 2 Wed. May 1 Portland 97, DENVER 90
Game 3 Fri. May 3 PORTLAND 140, Denver 137 (4OT)
Game 4 Sun. May 5 Denver 116, PORTLAND 112
Game 5 Tue. May 7 DENVER 124, Portland 98
Game 6 Thurs. May 9 PORTLAND 119, Denver 108
The win in Denver was in big thanks to CJ McCollum, who posted 37 points and nine rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 19 years.
McCollum got it done on both ends too.
We can’t forget about that chase-down swat!
The Trail Blazers shooting guard’s crucial chase-down block on Jamal Murray in crunch time helped turn the tide as the Blazers beat the Nuggets 100-96.
McCollum hit the Blazers first three pointer of the game about four minutes into the second quarter. Portland started the game 0-for-10 from deep.
He was the only Blazer scoring at ease early on.
During tonight's replay of the game, The Trail Blazers shooting guard was live-tweeting the second half on the Trail Blazers’ Twitter, because as CJ put it: “The first half was a snoozefest.”
McCollum’s second half play-by-play was as fantastic as his play in Game 7.
The pull-up jumper to put the Blazers up three with just under 12 seconds remaining in the game was just what McCollum wanted – he got to his spot.
AND... McCollum was out there spitting the truth on Twitter as well:
Plus, he broke the news that he and his fiancée Elise are officially adopting their puppy that they have been fostering for the last week.
It’s really no surprise this series went to seven games. Denver won the regular season series against Portland in 2018-19, 3-1. All four games were decided by single digits.
And even though it was the CJ McCollum takeover game, Evan Turner was also clutch down the stretch. ET came up big from the free throw line in the final seconds, while scoring 10 of his 14 points for the game in the fourth quarter.
Turner was fresh after not playing that much in the series, but was given extra minutes after Rodney Hood went out with a knee injury.
ET had scored just four points in the first six games of the series before his clutch Game 7 performance.
What a night it was! To be heading to the team’s first WCF appearance in 19 years was a pretty overwhelming feeling for all of Portland, but especially for the leader of Rip City, Damian Lillard.
There really were so many great memories from that night. And Meyers Leonard even reminded us what the celebration was like in the locker room.
It was also a nice chance to trash talk Denver Nuggets fans once again:
Now, here’s to hoping the NBA resumes and the Trail Blazers are given the chance to get back to the playoffs.