Blazers ready for cold-shooting Nuggets in Game 3

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CJ McCollum matched his career playoff high with 41 points, Rodney Hood hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left in the National Basketball Association postseason record-tying fourth overtime and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 140-137 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Rodney Hood had scored the last seven points for the Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth overtime after not seeing the floor really since the fourth quarter, playing a handful of seconds in the first overtime.

But a foul by Mason Plumlee gifted two free throws to Hood, who coolly drained both attempts to take the Blazers 97-90 clear with 17 seconds remaining.

Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig suffered a gruesome injury during the second quarter of Game 2 against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Six Portland players finished in double figures, with CJ McCollum leading the way on 20 points and Enes Kanter adding another 15. Portland is favored by 2.5-points in the latest Blazers vs. Nuggets odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 210.5.

Kanter, who was released by the Knicks in February, has been dealing with the injury since Game 5 of the Trail Blazers' first-round series win over the Thunder and he was questionable even to play in this series.

"I have never been involved in a game like that in regular season or play-offs", said Blazers coach Terry Stotts. It's the type of loss that may very well end up being the turning point in the series. The series resumes at TD Garden on Friday night, and the Celtics like their chances on a court where they've won 12 of their last 13 playoff games.

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Former Blazer Will Barton had 22 points off the bench.

Kanter called out the omission in Twitter, writing: "Only Turkish player out here tonight, and the official @NBA for Turkey @NBAturkiye is censoring me".

Immediately after Game 3, Burke provides reaction on the Midnight SportsCenter with SVP in the video below.

That's especially true for Lillard, who's averaging 31.3 points per game in the playoffs.

Jamal Murray led Denver in scoring with 34 points while adding nine rebounds and five assists. Same thing in Game Two, but I think us trusting him and continuing to play through him in big moments, it made him feel that much better about the three-pointer he shot. We're all big boys, let's go out and play the game accordingly.

But Hood's 26-foot 3-pointer gave Portland a 138-136 lead as time wound down.

The game featured 24 lead changes but the Blazers came out on top to take a 2-1 lead in the second round Western Conference series. The Blazers are trying to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2000. "I don't think it's something that he prefers", Malone said.

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