It wasn’t a four-overtime game, but the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers could still probably use a breather after that one.
Behind 34 points from Jamal Murray and a triple-double from Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets notched a 116-112 Game 4 win to even the series at 2-2. In front of a hostile crowd, the Nuggets erased a six-point halftime deficit with an 11-1 run in the third quarter, then held on for dear life in a contentious fourth quarter.
The game ultimately came down to Murray’s free-throw shooting, as the Blazers narrowed the deficit to the low single digits. Murray finished 11-of-11 from the line, six of them in the game’s final 20 seconds.
"To come in here and win this game 36 hours after losing in four overtimes, speaks just how tough we are."
Michael Malone on his Denver team after winning Game 4. #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/xs5kCxAwU6
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 6, 2019
The victory appeared to come at a cost when Jokic was seen limping in the game’s final minutes, but Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after the game that Jokic merely took a knee to the leg and appeared to be fine.
The series now heads back to Denver, and one of the most fun series of this year’s playoffs comes closer to a conclusion.
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