Denver beats Portland 120-115, goes up 2-1 in playoff series

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Denver Nuggets guard Facundo Campazzo, center, shoots between Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, and center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 36 points and 11 rebounds, the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-115 to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Austin Rivers hit four 3-pointers during a crucial stretch in the final quarter and finished with 21 points for third-seeded Denver, which had 20 3s overall.

The Blazers struggled from 3-point range and got poor shooting from their reserves despite cheers from the biggest home crowd allowed at the Moda Center this season.

Damian Lillard led all scorers with 37 points.

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