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Denver Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr. 'blocks out' criticism, hits clutch 3 in Game 5 win

With the Nuggets up by two with 1:11 left, Porter caught the ball on the wing and -- despite not having made a shot yet and it being only his third attempt of the game -- he pulled up and drilled it to give Denver a five-point lead.

The Nuggets went on to beat the Clippers 111-105 to pull to within 3-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals series in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

"What you love about Michael is, whether it's his youthful inexperience or not really understanding the magnitude of the situation, he has supreme confidence," Nuggets coach Mike Malone said.

His comments drew a reaction from media and active players, including Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard , who tweeted his disapproval .

Malone said the Nuggets addressed Porter's postgame comments before Game 5 and acknowledged those kind of things are better kept within the locker room.

ESPN Stats & Information "During the playoffs, the last thing you want is any kind of a distraction, and if those frustrations are there for Michael, or anybody, it's much better to keep those conversations internal, in the locker and amongst ourselves," Malone said.

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