C.J. McCollum scored 37 points to lead the Blazers to their first Western Conference Final since 2000. In a game where Damian Lillard struggle, McCollum stepped up with his second consecutive 30 points game. Damian Lillard finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. In the fourth quarter, Lillard hit two key 3-pointers and hit the boards. Evan Turner came up huge with 14 points off the bench and his play in the 4th helped seal the game. Zach Collins also played a key part with his defense off the bench as he had four blocks. With the Blazers advancing to play the Warriors, the backcourt battle should be epic. Golden State finished off Houston in Game 6 with the Splash Brothers combining for 60 points. As far as Denver, they had a double digit lead throughout the first half.
Nikola Jokic finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds. The Nuggets usually wins whenever Jamal Murray have a good game. Murray finished with 17 points, but he was only 4-for-18 from the field. Murray’s backcourt mate Gary Harris finished with 15 points. While the offense of the Nuggets faltered in the end, their defense did too. C.J. McCollum took over the game and scored at will. Denver had an amazing season and next year they should be one of the favorites out West. They have one of the youngest teams in the league and they’ll have a healthy Michael Porter Jr. also. The series between Portland Golden State have the potential to be epic. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum taking on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The health of Kevin Durant will be a big question coming into the series.
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