By Justin Adams

(CBS4)- For the third season in the row the Denver Nuggets have advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals. The Nuggets rallied back from a 14-point deficit late in the third quarter to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 126-115 in Game 6 of their first round series.

Head coach Michael Malone kisses Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets after the win over the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on June 3, 2021.

Head coach Michael Malone kisses Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets after the win over the Trail Blazers at Moda Center on Thursday night. (credit: AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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Leading the comeback was Nikola Jokic who scored 36 points, has eight rebounds, and six assists.

“I’m glad that we finished the job here. I’m glad that everybody played well. I’m glad that we didn’t quit because we had a couple guys out. We fought every game,” Jokic said. “I’m glad that we have a really good group of guys and they’re not quitters.”

The Nuggets will host the Phoenix Suns in the next round, which starts on Monday. Jokic hopes this playoff run will end in the Nuggets first NBA championship as he looks to mirror the success of Basketball Hall of Famer Tim Duncan.

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Duncan won five titles in his 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and Jokic admitted in an interview before the season with Radio Television of Serbia, or “RTS Prikazuje,” that he hopes to become Denver’s version of Tim Duncan.

“When I came to Denver, I said that I would love to be Denver’s Tim Duncan, because he played his whole career in San Antonio. God willing, I would love to play my whole career in Denver,” Jokic said in the interview recorded before the season.

The documentary looks at Jokic’s development in basketball from his childhood to the NBA. It also looks at the relationship he has with his agent, Miško Ražnatović.

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Jokic is the frontrunner for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player trophy as he averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists. He has two years remaining on his max contract and will be a free agent in the summer of 2023.

Justin Adams