UPDATE | 4:15 p.m. — Despite a strong first half, the Denver Nuggets fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 100-96 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday afternoon.
Denver fans grew more anxious as the score slowly evened out over the second half. At halftime, Denver still held the lead 48-39, but by the end of the third quarter, the Nuggets were barely holding off Portland with a near-tie of 72-71.
The Trail Blazers gradually increased their lead in the final quarter, with a strong effort at the very end by Denver. But it wasn't enough Sunday afternoon and the game ended at 100-96, with a victory for Portland.
The Trail Blazers will go on to play against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday for Game 1 of the West Conference Finals.
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DENVER — The Denver Nuggets have a chance Sunday afternoon to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009.
The Portland Trail Blazers held off their elimination on Thursday night with a 119-108 win over the Nuggets, forcing a Game 7.
The winner of Sunday’s semifinals in Denver will face the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Tuesday for Game 1 of the West finals.
This will be the Warriors’ fifth year in a row competing in the Western Conference Finals.
Denver has been to the conference finals three times in the history of its franchise.
Watch the Nuggets take on the Trail Blazers on ABC/Denver7 starting at 1:30 p.m.