The Denver Nuggets found a way to contain Damian Lillard in the fourth quarter of Game 6 and that was one of the key reasons behind their Game 6 win. The Nuggets, who entered Game 6 with a 3-2 lead, beat the Trail Blazers 126-115 on the road to secure a spot in the Western Conference Semifinals.
"I love our team. I love every player in that locker room, one through seventeen," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said, per ESPN. "We continue to find ways to win. Last year, this year, people don't realize what we're missing right now with injuries, so I couldn't be more proud of a group of players that I truly love coaching every single day." Lillard finished the game with 28 points and 13 assists.
The Nuggets didn't want to face Lillard in Game 7
"Nobody is trying to see Damian Lillard, one of the clutchest players ever, in a Game 7," Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. said. Nuggets star big man Nikola Jokic finished the game with 36 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
"That's why he's the clear-cut MVP," Malone said of Jokic. "Because you can take anybody away from our team, if we have Nikola, you could put me, Wes Unseld, Ryan Bowen, Charles Klask, whoever you want out there, we're going to find a way to compete because that's how great he is." Porter also had a big game for the Nuggets as he had 26 points, five rebounds and four assists.
"We got a lot of dudes that are tough players, man," Porter said. "Like me, I had my moment in the first half and then I cooled off. I don't think I scored [the rest of the game]. Then Jokic obviously took over, but the way Austin and AG had their moments, and Monte, J-Myke -- we just have a lot of dudes that are capable." Lillard showed his respect for Jokic.
"He's everything for them," Lillard said of Jokic. "I think if it was any year a guy like him, what he does for that team, could lead his team to a championship, it would be this year because of how open it is. There's no favorite.
In my eyes, at least, I feel like anybody can get beat and anybody can go get it done. That's why it's even more disappointing for me, because I felt like if there's any year you can shoulder the load and go get one, it was this one. I definitely think he's capable of it."