NBA Y2K: Last night's Blazers-Nuggets four-overtime marathon game went so long it broke the NBA's app


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  • The Portland Trail Blazers took a 2-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets Friday night in a four-overtime game that saw two players — one on each team — surpass an hour of game time. 
  • The NBA’s app was unable to register this many minutes played initially, as most games end after 48 minutes. 
  • Several people screenshotted the mistake, which showed that Denver center Nikola Jokic scored 33 points in a single minute, and called it the NBA’s Y2K. 

For a period of time, it appeared Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum each had recorded the most prolific one-minute stretch in the history of basketball, according to the NBA’s official app. 

Friday night’s Blazers’ four-overtime victory over the Nuggets put Portland up two games to one in the best-of-seven series, but the four extra five-minute sessions tacked onto the end of the 48-minute game forced some players to play a herculean amount of minutes.

Both Jokic and McCollum broke 60 minutes played in the fourth overtime, which the NBA’s official app seemed unable to compute. 

The glitch, which Deadspin called “an NBA Y2K,” left Jokic and McCollum with gaudy statlines.

The game eventually ended after the fourth overtime with Portland prevailing with a 140-137 win on its home court. The game featured several incredible stats related to how long it went. Jokic finished with fourth-most minutes played in a playoff in NBA history with 65. It was only the second quadruple-overtime game in NBA playoff history, with the first coming in 1953 between the Boston Celtics and Syracuse Nationals. 

The teams play again on Sunday in Portland, roughly 36 hours after Game 3 ended. 

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