Nuggets Defeat Trail Blazers In Epic Game Five, 147-140 In Double OT

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic leaves the court after a 147-140 their double overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Five of the Western Conference first-round playoff series at Ball Arena. (Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers went right down to the wire in game five of their Western Conference playoff series.

Actually, they went beyond that.

In a classic game, the Nuggets prevailed, 147-140 in double overtime to take a 3-2 lead in the series.

The Nuggets got the win despite a record-breaking performance from Portland guard Damian Lillard, who poured in 55 points and hit an NBA playoff record 12 three-pointers.

His triple with 3.7 seconds left in regulation forced overtime.

Lillard hit another three-pointer with 6.6 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game again and send it to a second extra session.

But the Nuggets overcame all of Lillard's heroics.

Center Nikola Jokic just missed a triple-double, finishing with 38 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. Guard Monte Morris added a career-high 28 points and five steals.

The Nuggets jumped up 10-0 to begin the game and built the lead to 54-32 with 7:52 left in the second quarter.

But Portland responded, cutting the lead to 65-62 at halftime, thanks to a 21-6 run in the final 4:37 of the first half.

Lillard's step-back three-pointer with 3:27 left in the third period but Portland up 86-84 and the stage was set for the incredible finish.

The Nuggets are now one win from advancing in the series.

Game six will be Thursday night in Portland with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. mountain time.


Highlights and postgame comments from Nuggets head coach Michael Malone, center Nikola Jokic and forward Michael Porter Jr. are below.

Postgame comments from Nuggets head coach Michael Malone.

Postgame comments from Nuggets center Nikola Jokic.

Postgame comments from Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr.

Game highlights.