Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday in Portland.
First and foremost, it marked the return of basketball to Portland for the first time since Damian Lillard single-handedly attempted to detonate the Blazers' home arena with a series-ending dagger.
Of course, a head coaching job in the National Basketball Association might qualify as "miraculous" for a former point guard who excelled in EuroLeague competition and also had a chance to compete with the Indiana Pacers (2005-07) and Golden State Warriors (2007).
Jokic's marathon effort in a losing cause saw him play 64 minutes and 58 seconds, the most in a playoff game since that classic 66 years ago. The Denver Nuggets had a awful shooting performance on Wednesday night, making 20 percent on 3-pointers, 34 percent from the field and 61 percent from the free-throw line. The Nuggets committed a costly turnover at the end of the first overtime that set up a game-tying runner by McCollum, they committed a turnover at the end of the second overtime before they could attempt a potential game-winning shot, and they blew a four-point lead in the final 30 seconds of the third overtime with another turnover. It's the Blazers first since Game 4 of the 2016 conference semifinals.
"It was an wonderful effort by both teams".
Nikola Jokic had his third triple-double of the playoffs with 33 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists, but missed a crucial free throw with 5.6 seconds to go.
"I watched film. I acknowledge that I gotta be better overall", Tatum said. He's scored at least 23 points on 47 percent shooting or better five times.
Will Barton split a pair at the line, giving Denver a 134-133 lead with one minute left in the fourth OT, but Rodney Hood's baseline jumper pushed Portland in front 135-134 with 44.9 seconds to go.
Coach Michael Malone added: "In that first half, they were the aggressor".
INJURY WATCH: Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray was hobbled by a right leg injury. I'm extremely proud of the way my players came back in the second half. "It's one of the biggest moments, and obviously it's the playoffs - I've hit game-winners and big shots before, but this one means a lot, especially going back into the game after being out for a while".