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McCollum leads Blazers past cold Nuggets, 97-90

DENVER (AP) After giving up 39 points to Damian Lillard in the opener, the Denver Nuggets were determined to make sure Portland's role players would have to bear the burden of evening up the series.

His teammates were up to the task on a night that Lillard, who came in averaging 34.8 points in the playoffs, was held to 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting.

CJ McCollum led six Trail Blazers in double figures with 20 points in a 97-90 victory at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday night that evened their series 1-1.

''It's very important,'' said Enes Kanter, who chipped in 15 points for Portland. ''Teams can't guard him with one man. They were sending double-teams, triple-teams. That's when I said, `He's making himself better, but at the same time he's making everybody else better around him.' He was passing the ball, really active on defense. He's been unbelievable, man.''

The series shifts to Portland for Game 3 Friday night, and Lillard's hoping a return to the Moda Center will help him find his long-range rhythm after he misfired on 14 of 19 3-pointers in Denver.

The Nuggets trimmed a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to 95-90 in the final minute thanks to an astonishing 14 offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter and a 19-9 run before Rodney Hood's two free throws with 17 seconds left iced it.

''The good news is they had all of those offensive rebounds but they didn't convert a lot,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ''They were 8 for 24 on second-chance points. We were fortunate we came away not hurt as badly as we could have been on the offensive boards.''

Nikola Jokic had 16 points and 14 boards but got off to a slow start and wasn't nearly the take-control force he was in Game 1, when he scored 37 points.

''The last quarter we missed a lot of put-backs, but 23 offensive rebounds is a big number,'' Jokic said. ''The first half we had open shots but we didn't make any of those.''

With Jokic taking - and missing - just one shot in the first quarter and scoring six points in the first half, the Nuggets trailed 50-35 at halftime after the franchise's worst quarter ever at home in the playoffs, one in which they made just 5 of 23 shots and missed all 10 of their 3-pointers.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he admonished his team at halftime, '''if you're not making shots, maybe attack the basket, maybe get to the foul line, maybe get to the rim.'''

They started doing that after halftime, but the Blazers answered time after time, getting 15 points from Hood, 11 from Al-Farouq Aminu and 10 from Zach Collins.

BANGED UP

Denver sparkplug forward Torrey Craig's nose was bloodied after he was knocked down and slammed into teammate Monte Morris' foot early in the second quarter. Moments after Craig hobbled off, leaving a trail of blood, Maurice Harkless rolled his right ankle and also left the game.

Harkless didn't return but Craig came back in the second half.

Jamal Murray spent part of the fourth quarter on the stationary bike trying to loosen up his tight right thigh. He missed 12 of 18 shots.

Craig, whose insertion into the starting lineup turned around the Nuggets' first-round series against San Antonio, returned with a face mask with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. He immediately grabbed a rebound and his 3-pointer with a minute left in the quarter was Denver's first since 1:11 of the first quarter.

''I think Torrey Craig is the unsung hero of the game,'' Malone said. ''He's got some (guts). He's got some toughness.''

SCUFFLE

Jokic pushed Kanter, who slammed into Craig with 43.5 seconds left on a made free throw. Murray took exception to Kanter staring down the fallen Craig and a scuffle ensued at midcourt. The two were assessed a double technical.

BOW TIES

Stotts and his assistants rocked bow ties Wednesday night in honor of Jon Yim, the team's video coordinator and player development coach who was seriously injured in an auto accident last week that left him hospitalized with a broken leg and collapsed lung.

''That was dope,'' Harkless said. ''I thought it was pretty cool. They all took a picture before the game in the locker room, probably send it to him. That's a cool gesture. We all wish he was here. We're all praying for him. We feel him. He's a big part of our team still. We'll see him when we get home.''

TIP-INS:

Portland: Harkless and Aminu combined for 10 points in the first quarter after being held to a combined four points in Game 1.

Denver: Will Barton sank two foul shots with 8:19 left in the fourth quarter after an odd sequence in which the Jokic missed a jumper and the Nuggets missed five put-backs.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:41 +2 Enes Kanter made hook shot 2-0
11:22   Personal foul on Maurice Harkless  
11:11 +3 Jamal Murray made 3-pt. jump shot 2-3
10:46   Maurice Harkless missed finger-roll layup  
10:44   DEN team rebound  
10:38   Violation  
10:28   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
10:22   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:14 +2 Gary Harris made layup 2-5
9:56   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
9:54 +2 Al-Farouq Aminu made turnaround jump shot 4-5
9:43 +2 Gary Harris made finger-roll layup 4-7
9:19   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
9:04   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
8:51   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
8:43   Bad pass turnover on Jamal Murray, stolen by Maurice Harkless  
8:34   Damian Lillard missed jump shot  
8:31   DEN team rebound  
8:11   Shooting foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
8:11 +1 Torrey Craig made 1st of 2 free throws 4-8
8:11   Torrey Craig missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:08   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
7:59 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 7-8
7:34   Jamal Murray missed driving layup  
7:33   Offensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
7:28 +2 Gary Harris made jump shot 7-10
7:15 +2 Enes Kanter made jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 9-10
7:03   Nikola Jokic missed floating jump shot  
7:00   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
6:56 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot 12-10
6:37   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:35   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
6:18 +2 Damian Lillard made jump shot 14-10
5:58   Gary Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:55   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
5:42   Al-Farouq Aminu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:39   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
5:35   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:33   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
5:23 +3 Maurice Harkless made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 17-10
5:08 +2 Torrey Craig made dunk, assist by Nikola Jokic 17-12
4:49 +2 Maurice Harkless made dunk 19-12
4:32   Gary Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:30   POR team rebound  
4:30   Personal foul on Paul Millsap  
4:10   Damian Lillard missed finger-roll layup  
4:09   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
4:08   Al-Farouq Aminu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:06   POR team rebound  
4:06   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
3:48   Paul Millsap missed layup, blocked by Enes Kanter  
3:46   Offensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
3:44   Malik Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:42   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
3:32 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot 21-12
3:16 +3 Paul Millsap made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 21-15
2:56   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:53   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
2:53 +2 Enes Kanter made dunk 23-15
2:53   Shooting foul on Nikola Jokic  
2:53 +1 Enes Kanter made free throw 24-15
2:37 +3 Malik Beasley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Monte Morris 24-18
2:12 +2 Enes Kanter made layup, assist by Zach Collins 26-18
1:30   Traveling violation turnover on Zach Collins  
1:30   Traveling violation turnover on Zach Collins  
1:11 +3 Malik Beasley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Monte Morris 26-21
0:48   Al-Farouq Aminu missed layup, blocked by Mason Plumlee  
0:44   Evan Turner missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Will Barton  
0:44   Evan Turner missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Will Barton  
0:42   Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee  
0:33 +2 Mason Plumlee made hook shot 26-23
0:13 +2 Damian Lillard made reverse layup 28-23
0:04   Personal foul on Seth Curry  
0:00   Monte Morris missed driving layup, blocked by Damian Lillard  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Seth Curry  
0:00   Seth Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   POR team rebound  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42   Shooting foul on Mason Plumlee  
11:42 +1 Rodney Hood made 1st of 2 free throws 29-23
11:42   Rodney Hood missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:40   Offensive rebound by Zach Collins  
11:36 +2 Zach Collins made dunk, assist by CJ McCollum 31-23
11:36   Full timeout called  
10:55 +2 Zach Collins made finger-roll layup, assist by Evan Turner 33-25
10:44   Will Barton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:33 +2 Rodney Hood made jump shot 35-25
10:14   Monte Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:12   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
10:06   CJ McCollum missed jump shot  
9:51   Mason Plumlee missed floating jump shot  
9:44   CJ McCollum missed dunk  
9:44   Personal foul on Monte Morris  
9:36   Defensive rebound by Will Barton  
9:19 +2 Nikola Jokic made finger-roll layup, assist by Malik Beasley 35-27
9:00 +2 Zach Collins made layup, assist by CJ McCollum 37-27
8:29   Seth Curry missed jump shot  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
8:21   Personal foul on Zach Collins  
8:18   Shooting foul on Evan Turner  
8:18 +1 Gary Harris made 1st of 2 free throws 37-28
8:18 +1 Gary Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-29
8:02 +2 Rodney Hood made finger-roll layup 39-29
7:45   Malik Beasley missed driving layup  
7:44   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
7:30 +3 Rodney Hood made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Maurice Harkless 42-29
7:08   Personal foul on Zach Collins  
7:03 +2 Nikola Jokic made floating jump shot, assist by Jamal Murray 42-31
6:29   Defensive rebound by Will Barton  
6:17   Out of bounds turnover on Paul Millsap  
5:46   Nikola Jokic missed floating jump shot  
5:43   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
5:42   Personal foul on Nikola Jokic  
5:30 +2 Evan Turner made layup, assist by CJ McCollum 44-31
5:23   Personal foul on Zach Collins  
5:18   Jamal Murray missed jump shot  
5:15   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
5:07   Rodney Hood missed finger-roll layup  
4:58   Bad pass turnover on Gary Harris, stolen by Damian Lillard  
4:48   Defensive rebound by Jamal Murray  
4:41 +2 Jamal Murray made layup, assist by Nikola Jokic 44-33
4:22   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:19   Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
4:07   Offensive rebound by Malik Beasley  
4:03   Offensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
4:01 +2 Nikola Jokic made dunk 44-35
3:47   Rodney Hood missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:44   Out of bounds turnover on Paul Millsap  
3:28   Personal foul on Paul Millsap  
3:18   Personal foul on Gary Harris  
3:18 +1 Enes Kanter made 1st of 2 free throws 45-35
3:18 +1 Enes Kanter made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-35
3:00   Malik Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:56   Defensive rebound by Rodney Hood  
2:49   Damian Lillard missed floating jump shot  
2:46   Defensive rebound by Malik Beasley  
2:45   Personal foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
2:45   Malik Beasley missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:45   Malik Beasley missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:43   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
2:30   Evan Turner missed jump shot  
2:27   Defensive rebound by Jamal Murray  
1:49   Jamal Murray missed jump shot  
1:48   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
1:19   Jamal Murray missed fade-away jump shot  
1:16   Offensive rebound by Jamal Murray  
1:15   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:12   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
1:04   Shooting foul on Jamal Murray  
1:04 +1 Damian Lillard made 1st of 2 free throws 49-35
1:04 +1 Damian Lillard made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-35
0:43   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
0:29   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
0:17   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Gary Harris missed driving layup  
11:41   Offensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
11:41   Nikola Jokic missed layup  
11:41   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
11:34 +2 Damian Lillard made finger-roll layup 52-35
11:27 +2 Malik Beasley made dunk, assist by Nikola Jokic 52-37
11:08   Enes Kanter missed layup, blocked by Paul Millsap  
11:02 +2 Paul Millsap made layup, assist by Nikola Jokic 52-39
10:41   Lost ball turnover on Enes Kanter, stolen by Paul Millsap  
10:37   Personal foul on Jake Layman  
10:29   Shooting foul on Jake Layman  
10:29   Nikola Jokic missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:29   DEN team rebound  
10:29   Nikola Jokic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:27   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
10:15   Shooting foul on Nikola Jokic  
10:15 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 1st of 2 free throws 53-39
10:15 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-39
9:55 +2 Nikola Jokic made floating jump shot, assist by Gary Harris 54-41
9:41   Jake Layman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:40   DEN team rebound  
9:28   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
9:20 +2 Damian Lillard made finger-roll layup 56-41
9:09 +2 Jamal Murray made driving layup, assist by Nikola Jokic 56-43
9:09   Shooting foul on Zach Collins  
9:09 +1 Jamal Murray made free throw 56-44
8:59 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot 59-44
8:41   Violation  
8:37 +2 Jamal Murray made floating jump shot, assist by Gary Harris 59-46
8:17   Enes Kanter missed hook shot  
8:12   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
7:53   Personal foul on Damian Lillard  
7:35   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
7:23   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:21   Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
7:08   Offensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
7:08   Paul Millsap missed dunk  
6:59   Bad pass turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by Jamal Murray  
6:56   Personal foul on CJ McCollum  
6:56 +1 Gary Harris made 1st of 2 free throws 61-47
6:56 +1 Gary Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 61-48
6:40   Traveling violation turnover on CJ McCollum  
6:33 +1 Paul Millsap made free throw 61-51
6:15   Damian Lillard missed fade-away jump shot  
6:12   Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
5:49   Offensive rebound by Gary Harris  
5:49 +2 Gary Harris made dunk 61-53
5:38 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot 63-53
5:26   Shooting foul on Enes Kanter  
5:26 +1 Malik Beasley made 1st of 2 free throws 63-54
5:26   Malik Beasley missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:22   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
5:14 +2 CJ McCollum made floating jump shot 65-54
4:48   Lost ball turnover on Nikola Jokic, stolen by Enes Kanter  
4:28   Nikola Jokic missed layup, blocked by Rodney Hood  
4:28   DEN team rebound  
4:24   Shooting foul on Enes Kanter  
4:24 +1 Malik Beasley made 1st of 2 free throws 65-55
4:24 +1 Malik Beasley made 2nd of 2 free throws 65-56
4:16   Shooting foul on Nikola Jokic  
4:16 +1 CJ McCollum made 1st of 2 free throws 66-56
4:16   CJ McCollum missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:14   Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
4:00 +2 Paul Millsap made hook shot, assist by Monte Morris 66-58
3:46   Shooting foul on Mason Plumlee  
3:46 +1 Enes Kanter made 1st of 2 free throws 67-58
3:46 +1 Enes Kanter made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-58
3:28   Paul Millsap missed floating jump shot  
3:27   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
3:17 +2 Enes Kanter made reverse layup, assist by Damian Lillard 70-58
3:02   Mason Plumlee missed layup, blocked by Enes Kanter  
3:00   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
3:00 +2 Al-Farouq Aminu made layup 72-58
3:00   Shooting foul on Monte Morris  
3:00   Al-Farouq Aminu missed free throw  
2:58   Defensive rebound by Torrey Craig  
2:41   Damian Lillard missed layup  
2:40   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
2:40   Personal foul on Gary Harris  
2:40 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 1st of 2 free throws 73-58
2:40 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 2nd of 2 free throws 74-58
2:21   Monte Morris missed floating jump shot, blocked by Rodney Hood  
2:21   DEN team rebound  
2:16 +2 Monte Morris made finger-roll layup 74-60
2:06   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. floating jump shot  
1:57   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
1:38   Defensive rebound by Will Barton  
1:33   Will Barton missed layup, blocked by Rodney Hood  
1:31   Defensive rebound by Rodney Hood  
1:23 +2 Zach Collins made jump shot, assist by Seth Curry 76-60
1:05 +3 Torrey Craig made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Monte Morris 76-63
0:38 +2 Rodney Hood made jump shot, assist by Evan Turner 78-63
0:26   Shooting foul on Evan Turner  
0:26 +1 Monte Morris made 1st of 2 free throws 78-64
0:26   Monte Morris missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:24   Defensive rebound by Rodney Hood  
0:04   Damian Lillard missed finger-roll layup  
0:01   Defensive rebound by Will Barton