The Trail Blazers 2019-20 season was on the line Thursday night.
And it all came down to the final shot.
Fortunately for Portland, Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert, who had already scored 37 points on 16-for-29 shooting, dribbled the clock down in the fourth quarter with the Nets trailing by one, but his jumper clanked off the back of the rim. Carmelo Anthony secured the rebound.
And with that the Blazers won 134-133.
That was a crazy finish, to say the least.
But before Portland’s season literally hung in the air in Orlando — there were bodies flying.
To say the Trail Blazers left it all out on the floor seems like an understatement.
Portland’s dynamic duo of Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic rose to the occasion; or dove to the occasion, in this case.
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It was obvious watching their effort in the fourth quarter, that they were not ready to go home.
The Trail Blazers were a big fan of Nurkic sacrificing his body in crunch time, just as Nurkic is a “big fan” of being in Orlando.
He’s postgame hashtag confirmed it.
#RipCity We go hard baby #bigfanhere 🤷🏻♂️
— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) August 14, 2020
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