Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome, season-ending leg injury against Nets

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic went down with a gruesome, season-ending leg injury on Monday night in the second overtime of their matchup against the Brooklyn Nets at the Moda Center, and had to be stretchered off the floor.

With the Trail Blazers up two points and less than three minutes to go in the second overtime, Nurkic went to grab a rebound after a Maurice Harkless miss. Nurkic caught the ball and attempted to tip it back into the hoop. He missed the shot, and as he came down, his left leg snapped and collapsed as he fell to the floor.

WARNING: This video is graphic.

Play was instantly stopped and a towel was quickly placed over his leg, covering it from view while he lay in pain for several minutes. Nurkic’s leg was then placed in an air cast before he was stretchered off the floor.

Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes offered the update everyone feared but nonetheless expected later in the night:

Nurkic left the game with a season-high 32 points and 16 rebounds, having shot 13 of 24 from the field. The Blazers held on to beat the Nets 148-144 in the second overtime.

After the game, Portland coach Terry Stotts said that Nurkic went directly to the hospital. He called the injury “devastating,” and revealed that the team held a moment of silence and said a collective prayer in the locker room, which he described as “quiet.”

Nurkic led the Blazers with his 32 points, followed closely by Damian Lillard, who finished with 31 points and 12 assists. Seth Curry added 20 points off the bench, and Rodney Hood finished with 18 points.

D’Angelo Russell led all scorers with 39 points for the Nets, shooting 16-of-34 from the field. Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 22 points off the bench, and DeMarre Carroll added 18 points.

“It made me sick to my stomach,” Lillard said, via Joe Freeman of The Oregonian. “I was playing at the game in Vegas when a similar thing happened to Paul George. That’s exactly what it looked like to me when I saw it.

“You never want to see that happen to anybody, let alone your friend and teammate.”

See photos from the moments after Nurkic's injury: 

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PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 25: Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after suffering an apparent broken leg against the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime during their game at Moda Center on March 25, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 25: Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after suffering an apparent broken leg against the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime during their game at Moda Center on March 25, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 25: Enes Kanter #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts to a leg injury by Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers in double overtime against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Moda Center on March 25, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 25: Enes Kanter #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts to a leg injury by Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers in double overtime against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Moda Center on March 25, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 25: Meyers Leonard #11 of the Portland Trail Blazers (L) reacts after a leg injury by Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers in double overtime against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Moda Center on March 25, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 25: Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after suffering an apparent broken leg against the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime during their game at Moda Center on March 25, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 25: Meyers Leonard #11 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after a leg injury by Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers in double overtime against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Moda Center on March 25, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 25: Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after suffering an apparent broken leg against the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime during their game at Moda Center on March 25, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 25: Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after a leg injury by Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers in double overtime against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Moda Center on March 25, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, on ground, was injured and left the court on a stretcher as the Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime, 148-144, during an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Randy L. Rasmussen)
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, center, was injured and left the court on a stretcher as the Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime, 148-144, during an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Randy L. Rasmussen)
Mar 25, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) is attended to by a team trainer after injuring his leg during a second overtime against the Brooklyn Nets at Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 148-144. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) is attended to by a team trainer after injuring his leg during a second overtime against the Brooklyn Nets at Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 148-144. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) reacts after seeing inured Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) leg during overtime at Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime 148-144. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) wheeled off the court after injuring his leg during a second overtime against the Brooklyn Nets at Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime 148-144. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) reacts after seeing injured Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) leg during double overtime at Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime 148-144. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
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League-wide support on social media

Almost instantly, players from around the league took to social media to wish Nurkic well after the horrific injury.

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Prayers up for my brother @bosnianbeast27 🙏😔 https://t.co/Xa6XtUIr0X
Prayers up to Nurkic 🙏🏾 Hate to see stuff like that.
Prayers up for Nurkic.. 🙏🏾
Hate this part of the game. Prayers up for Nurkic!
Damn... hate to see this. Get well soon big guy. #nurkic
Sending Prayers Nurkić...🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
🙏🙏 nurkic!!
Man!! Prayers to Nurkic...🙏🏾
get well soon big fella @bosnianbeast27
Best wishes @bosnianbeast27. Stay strong and come back even stronger. #NBAFamily 🙏🏼
We love you, @bosnianbeast27 ❤ https://t.co/x7JRRtsR7I
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