The Trail Blazers (35-38) entered the game tied with the Nuggets (35-38) for the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs race.
But, besides the importance of the game with the playoff hunt, it was Jusuf Nurkic's first game in a Trail Blazers uniform against his former team.
It was on Feb. 12 when the Trail Blazers acquired Nurkic and the rights to Memphis' 2017 first round pick from Denver in exchange for Mason Plumlee, along with a 2018 second round pick, and cash considerations.
Nurk fever had already started in Rip City before this game, but it was in full effect as he cruised to a career-high 33 points to go along with 15 rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.
Let the Nurk Fever tweets commence!
Depending on Denver to be the Blazers main rival over the next 5-7 years. Wanna see Nurk and Jokic battle in big games with playoff atmosphere.— Joe Simons (@joesimonssays) March 28, 2020
Also, how much did re-watching this game give you flashbacks of the strong connection between Damian Lillard and Nurk?
Their pick and roll action is a thing of beauty and it got people talking on Twitter.
The Dame-Nurk pick and roll was deadly from day 1. These dudes had barely even practiced together and were tearing up defenses. Can't wait to see them back on the floor together— Nate Mann (@nate_mann13) March 28, 2020
Dame and Nurk basically had instant pick and roll chemistry. #RipCity— Team Mom (@tcbbiggs) March 28, 2020
The Blazers beat the Nuggets 122-113 in the fourth and final regular season matchup between the two. Portland took the season series 3-1.
Another trending topic from fans of today -- was the hard screens set by the Bosnian Beast and the Hammer, Meyers Leonard.
Watching Nurk/Meyers set skull rattling screens on every PnR action >>>>— Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) March 28, 2020
Jusuf runs into his screening positions so aggressively that even when he stops moving he's still buzzing with kinetic energy that makes people bounce off him extra hard. #RipCity— Team Mom (@tcbbiggs) March 28, 2020
In the win, CJ McCollum finished with 39 points and five rebounds.
CJ McCollum with an epic block that got called a foul.— Quarantine Otter 🌹 (@patronusisotter) March 28, 2020
And we can't forget Nurk telling his former team to, "I wish those guys a happy summer."
Social media reacts (again) to Nurkics first game vs. Denver originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest