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Sport NBA playoffs 2021: Lillard expects to see Gordon again after Denver deny Dame Klay's record

12:00  25 may  2021
12:00  25 may  2021 Source:   goal.com

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Damian Lillard is used to having the game in his hands, but the Portland Trail Blazers star found another level of control Saturday in a 123-109 playoff win over the Denver Nuggets. Lillard scored 34 points and had a career playoff high 13 assists to account for 54 per cent of Portland' s points in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. Lillard told reporters he believes Jokic is the NBA MVP this season, but said the Blazers' focus was on letting him do the work himself rather than distributing to his team-mates.

Damian Lillard expects to see Aaron Gordon again in the remainder of their first-round playoff series after an improved defensive showing denied the Portland Trail Blazers superstar a postseason record.

Damian Lillard on a court: Damian Lillard takes on Aaron Gordon © Getty Images Damian Lillard takes on Aaron Gordon

Lillard had 34 points in Game 1 as the Blazers upset third seed the Denver Nuggets.

And the six-time All-Star was in sensational form to start Game 2 with 32 points by half-time, including eight three-pointers from 11 attempts.

That tied Vince Carter's mark for the most threes in a half in the playoffs and Lillard appeared certain to reach Klay Thompson's 2016 game record of 11 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lillard himself made 10 against the same team in 2019.

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Damian Lillard scored or assisted on 20 points in the Portland Trail Blazers' game-changing 34-15 run in the third quarter. He finished with 34 points, 20 of which came in the second half, and a playoff career-high 13 assists as the Blazers stole the home court advantage with the 123-109 victory. In a rematch of the 2019 Conference Semifinals against Denver , Portland knocked down a playoff franchise- record 19 3-pointers to win Game 1, 123-109. Damian Lillard , one of six Trail Blazers to score in double figures, led from the front with game-high tallies of 34 points and 13 assists including

His physical play on Jokic parlayed with attached-at-the-hip defence from Norman Powell on Michael Porter Jr. and Robert Covington on Aaron Gordon made life difficult for Denver ' s typically prolific cutters, shutting out passing lanes for the crafty centre. "I couldn't get the other guys involved," Jokic told the media after the loss. That' s for head coach Michael Malone to figure out. But Denver desperately needs Facundo Campazzo and Austin Rivers to deny Lillard the ball when he gives it up, making him work tirelessly to get it back.

But the Nuggets switched Gordon onto Lillard and Portland's main man made only a single further shot from beyond the arc as he was limited to five attempts.

It meant Lillard, who led the league with 173 clutch points this season, had only 10 points in the second half and two in the fourth quarter – both from the free-throw line.

Asked about Gordon's defense after Denver levelled the series, Lillard said: "I expect it to continue. [I need to be] just moving around more off the ball, getting more off-ball sets.

"Usually bigger guys can use their length and athleticism on the ball, but when you start to move around on flares and pindowns and things like that, typically you can get a little bit of space."

The Blazers point guard was perhaps surprised the Nuggets did not start by getting Gordon out to him.

"It's just a bigger defender, taller guy, more athletic, just a big body," he said.

"But I'm used to that; usually throughout the regular season, whoever their defensive wing or taller wing is, that's who guards me.

"Like the Phoenix game, Mikal Bridges guarded me; Golden State, Kelly Oubre guards me. I'm always against a bigger wing.

"That's an adjustment they went to in the second half. But I think they just gave me more attention, more so than it was just one guy. I'm never going against one guy."

Even before that change, though, the Nuggets were 12 points up, and they ran out 128-109 winners after 38 points from leading MVP candidate Nikola Jokic.

Denver coach Michael Malone said: "That right there was a playoff game.

"The intensity, you had two high-level players in Damian Lillard and Nikola Jokic playing at their respective levels, the crowd was great.

"But it was chippy. And that's the way it should be. We're both fighting for something. That's the way the playoffs should be. I loved it. That's my kind of game right there."

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