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Zach Collins replicates LaMarcus Aldridge’s 5-block feat in Game 6

Zach Collins, LaMarcus Aldridge

Portland Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins was outstanding on Thursday as he helped his side to a 119-108 Game 6 victory against the Denver Nuggets. The 21-year-old had a block party down low for the Blazers, and his five-block performance equaled that of former Blazers cornerstone star LaMarcus Aldridge’s feat nearly a decade ago.

Collins provided a spark off the Portland bench in Game 6, as he accounted for 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting, along with one three-pointer, four rebounds, and a steal in 29 minutes of action. Starting big man Enes Kanter struggled with his shot on Thursday going only 2-of-9 from the floor en route to just six points, so Collins’ impressive performance came at an excellent time for the Blazers.

The backcourt duo of Damian Lillard (32 points, six-three pointers, five assists) and C.J. McCollum (30 points, six rebounds) were dominant yet again, while Rodney Hood (25 points, three three-pointers) came up with another huge performance off the bench for Portland.

Nuggets All-Star big man Nikola Jokic (29 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists) had another monster night for his team, and so did point guard Jamal Murray (24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists). Unfortunately for them, their efforts would prove to be in vain as the Blazers tied the series, 3-3.

It will now come down to a single game to decide who will emerge victorious in this tightly-contested Western Conference Seminfinals matchup. Game 7 in Denver is scheduled for Sunday, and we can fully expect both teams to leave it all on the floor as they hope to book a place in the Conference Finals.