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Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

After CJ McCollum picked up three fouls in the first quarter, Portland coach Terry Stotts decided to ride the hot hand of Damian Lillard. Having scored 19 points in the first, Lillard barely slowed down in the second quarter, adding 15 more as the Blazers rallied from a deficit as large as 10 to take a 61-60 lead at halftime. Lillard has shot 12-of-18 from the field, including six 3-pointers in nine attempts.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Both teams are dipping into their benches with the Nuggets comfortably up by 24 points with just over five minutes remaining and Game 6 looming in San Antonio on Thursday.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder have played maybe their best half of the series and it doesn't really matter because Damian Lillard.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Gregg Popovich called for timeout just 22 seconds into the fourth quarter after both teams had just had the break in between quarters. Malik Beasley buried a 3-pointer to push Denver up 88-63 and Pop had seen enough. The Spurs coach didn't use the entire timeout either to talk to his team as the Spurs' five stood on the court waiting for the Denver cheerleaders to finish their routine for a few minutes.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Nikola Jokic sends Pepsi Center into a frenzy with two 3-pointers in the final 39 seconds of the third to help Denver take an 85-63 cushion into the fourth quarter. Jokic continues to flirt with averaging a triple-double for the series and had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists after three quarters.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

With his college coach Tom Izzo watching on, Gary Harris is having quite a game. Offensively, Harris hit five-of-his-first-seven shots, including three 3-pointers, for 15 points. And he has helped turn Derrick White into a non-factor on defense. After blocking Patty Mills on a layup attempt from behind, Harris' momentum took him into the stands, where the former Michigan State guard stood and soaked in the Pepsi Center's applause for the defensive effort.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Interior scoring has been a focus for the Thunder early in Game 5. After scoring just 22 total points in the paint during Sunday's Game 4 loss, Oklahoma City nearly matched that total in the first quarter alone Tuesday, scoring 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting to take a 37-29 lead in Portland.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver is now threatening to run away with Game 5. The Nuggets opened the third quarter with a 12-2 blitz as Paul Millsap scored seven points to help the Nuggets open up a 65-44 lead with 9:21 remaining. The Spurs are shooting just 40.4% from the field and are struggling to stop Denver. Jamal Murray has 18 points and is only gaining confidence.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver takes a 53-42 lead into the half. Derrick White is struggling again. The young Spurs point guard has three fouls to go with three points in 11 minutes. The Nuggets have held White to a total of 11 points in the six quarters he's played since scoring 36 points in Game 3.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Nikola Jokic continued to fill up the box score as he has this entire series. He had four points, five rebounds and five assists in his first 17 minutes.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nuggets are hustling for every loose ball early on like it's a do-or-die game. Defensively, the Nuggets held DeMar DeRozan to 4-for-11 shooting in the Spurs' forward's first 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Gary Harris already has 11 points after making four-of-his-first-six shots.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Denver Nuggets have won the first quarter for the first time in this first-round series, outscoring the Spurs 26-19. The Spurs won the opening quarter in the first four quarters by an average of an almost eight-point differential and had averaged 29 points in the first quarter in the first four games. The Nuggets held San Antonio to 8-for-21 shooting. Gary Harris had eight points in the first quarter and helped hold Derrick White to two points in the quarter.

Kevin Arnovitz ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors guard Danny Green playfully correcting teammates who are fielding questions about the Raptors' (pending) second-round matchup against Philadelphia. "The game isn't over yet!" The Sixers lead by 31 at the end of the third quarter in their close-out game.

Kevin Arnovitz ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Lowry injured his right hand during the second quarter, and checked out of the game just before halftime. The Raptors say he will return.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George: "This team has no quit in it. I definitely think we're built for this. If there's a team that can be down 3-1 and come back from it, I think we're the team to do it."