3. Portland outlasts Denver in quadruple-overtime epic
As evidenced by this article, the Blazers’ 2018-19 regular season was full of amazing moments. When it comes down to it, though, none of that can touch Portland’s playoff run. The road to the conference finals was filled with great plays and memorable games.
One of them was the quadruple-overtime marathon in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Blazers lost the first game of their series against the Denver Nuggets, but were able to tie things up in Game 2. A win at home in the third game would put Portland in control of the proceedings with another home game coming up.
The game was tight throughout, with 18 ties and 24 lead changes. The Blazers held 10-point leads in the second and fourth quarters, but both were eventually thwarted. It was 102-102 at the end of regulation. A tug-of-war would ensue for three extra periods, with neither team holding a lead larger than five points.
Finally, a Rodney Hood triple with 18 seconds left in the fourth OT put the Blazers ahead for good, 138-136. They would go on to secure a 140-137 victory and take a 2-1 series lead. CJ McCollum led the way with a game-high 41 points.
Game 3 of the conference semis was filled with tension and intrigue. The Nuggets were a formidable foe, but Portland used its never-say-die spirit to outlast opponents. While it got the Blazers the series lead on that fateful Friday night, they would need that energy again later in the series.