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Nuggets eliminate Trail Blazers in Game 6 with 126-115 win

Damian Lillard finished with 28 points and 13 assists for the sixth-seeded Blazers. They led by 14 points in the third quarter but couldn’t stave off elimination.
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Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., left, has the ball knocked away by Portland Trail Blazers forward Norman Powell (24) during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Nikola Jokic had 36 points and the Denver Nuggets eliminated the Portland Trail Blazers in six games with a 126-115 victory Thursday night. 

Michael Porter Jr. added 26 points, including 22 in the opening quarter, for the third-seeded Nuggets. 

They await the outcome of the first-round series between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. Denver advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for the third straight season. 

Damian Lillard finished with 28 points and 13 assists for the sixth-seeded Blazers. They led by 14 points in the third quarter but couldn’t stave off elimination.