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Hood hit the key 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 140-137 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. It was a matter of who was going to dig deeper, who was going to fight through and get that one extra rebound, that one extra stop, that one loose ball, make that free throw.

Portland coach Terry Stotts paid tribute to the team's video coordinator, Jonathan Yim, who was seriously injured in a vehicle crash with his family last week, after the Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 97-90 to tie their Western Conference semi-finals at one game apiece.

Blazers guard CJ McCollum led all scorers with 41 points in a team-high 60 minutes, but it was his offensive rebound and pass to Rodney Hood that finally proved decisive.

Portland hosts the Nuggets in Game 3 on Friday.

Now Denver will head back out on the road to take on the Trail Blazers in Portland for Game 3 and Game 4.

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Milwaukee's 40 third-quarter points were the most scored by either team in a single period in the series.

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. Like a true coaching pro, he used the moment to point the finger back at what he saw as hard screens set by the Trail Blazers in the series.

Kanter called out the omission in Twitter, writing: "Only Turkish player out here tonight, and the official @NBA for Turkey @NBAturkiye is censoring me".

"I'd like to take credit for that, but actually Moe was cramping up a little bit, so that was the reason for the substitution, but we did go to [Hood] a couple times".

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. It was nearly like, when is this game going to end? "We're at our best when he's on the floor, making plays for himself and for his teammates".

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They will need to quickly put that loss behind them as they try to even the series and retake home-court advantage from the Blazers.

Sky subscribers can live stream the Trail Blazers vs Nuggets online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app. "It was a hell of basketball game by two very good basketball teams", added Denver coach Mike Malone. Not to mention Harkless was initially listed as questionable with a right ankle sprain for Game 3.

The Nuggets went ahead early in the second half.

"Normal play", Malone said.

The Nuggets rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to draw within five points inside the game's final minute of Game 2.

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Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes could also feature after they were promoted to first-team training on Wednesday morning. Now we have to continue without him until the end in these five games.