Portland Trail Blazers rewarded for 'staying the course' with Conference Finals berth
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The Portland Trail Blazers’ spot in the Western Conference Finals is a rich reward for a team that has endured the “darkest times” in previous playoff campaigns.

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Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard did not have one of his best statistical performances in Portland’s 100-96 victory versus the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 Sunday afternoon at the Pepsi Center. He made just three of his 17 field goal attempts for 13 points, though he did come within a few assists of a triple-double with 10 rebounds and eight assists.

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