the Denver Nuggets, led from the front Nikola Jokic, face the Portland Trail Blazers, led by a guard Damien lillard, in Game 5 of their NBA Playoffs Western Conference First Round Series on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 (6/1/21) at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Fans can watch the event for free via a trial fuboTV.
The series is tied 2-2 after the Trail Blazers won Game 4, 115-95 on Tuesday.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: NBA playoffs, Western Conference, 1st round, Game 5
who: Trail Blazers vs. Nuggets
When: Tuesday June 1, 2021
Or: Pepsi Center
Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV: NBA TV
Live flux: fuboTV (free try)
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Usually the chants in Portland are for star Damian Lillard. On Saturday, Norman Powell was treated to the adulation of the crowd.
Powell tied his playoff high with 29 points and the Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 115-95 on Saturday in Game 4 to tie the first-round series.
“I like these kinds of games, these kinds of moments. This is the time when nothing else matters, ”said Powell. “You get stuck in the season sometimes with stats, this and the other, road trips, but when you get into the playoffs the only thing that matters is winning.”
Powell scored four 3-pointers and was 11th of 15 from the floor. When he left the field with the game in hand, fans chanted “Nor-man Pow-ell! Nor-man Pow-ell!
“I thought it was really drugs,” he said. “At first I didn’t know what they were saying when I was sitting there, then the guys on the bench were also singing, which made me smile.”
CJ McCollum added 21 points for the sixth-seeded Trail Blazers. The series moves to Game 5 Tuesday night in Denver.
Nikola Jokic finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for third-seeded Denver before advancing into the final quarter. He was the Nuggets’ top scorer.
Lillard was 1-for-10 from the field but finished with 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. He also made it into the final quarter after the Blazers led by up to 33 points in the third.
“If you had told me in this game that Lillard was going to be 1-for-10 on the pitch and we were going to blow each other up, I probably wouldn’t believe it,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said . . “So I have to be a lot better and the urgency has to be there. Maybe this could be a wake-up call for our starting squad, just to play harder. Good things happen when you play hard, and we don’t. didn’t play hard enough tonight.
The Nuggets beat the Blazers 120-115 at the Moda Center on Thursday night. In that game, Denver had 20 3-pointers and got a four-3 straight boost from Austin Rivers during a key stretch in the fourth quarter. On Saturday, Rivers had eight points.
It was imperative for Portland that big man Jusuf Nurkic – arguably Portland’s best defense against Jokic – avoided trouble after committing a foul in the previous two games. The Portland bench, with the exception of Carmelo Anthony, was also struggling, dominated in Game 3 24-19 by Denver.
Nurkic finished with 17 points and Anthony had 12 – on his 37th birthday – to lead the bench.
“We’ve had our asses tonight so that should be all the motivation we need,” said JaMychal Green of Denver. “I mean it was embarrassing. So when we get home, we have to be the abusers.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)