As soon as down Three-1 within the sequence, the Nuggets finished an all-time comeback by way of defeating the Clippers in Sport 7 in their semifinal matchup and can now face the Los Angeles Lakers for the Western Convention crown.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Six consecutive removal video games and 6 consecutive victories for the Denver Nuggets within the 2020 NBA playoffs.  

The Nuggets’ outstanding postseason run continues in opposition to the chances following a 104-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Sport 7 of the Western Convention semifinals on Tuesday.

Denver middle Nikola Jokic used to be sensational with a triple-double masterpiece: 16 issues, 22 rebounds and 13 assists, 3 blocks and two steals. Jokic is now Three-1 in Sport 7s with two triple-doubles.

“He ruled the sport in a large number of techniques,” Clippers trainer Document Rivers mentioned. 

Jamal Murray had 40 issues, Gary Harris and Jerami Grant each and every had 14 issues, and Denver proved to be the more difficult running, extra disciplined and higher group.

“Our purpose used to be by no means to get to a Sport 7,” Nuggets trainer Michael Malone mentioned. “Our purpose once we began this complete season used to be to win a championship, and as outrageous as that can sound for other folks outdoor of our crew, we by no means overlooked that.”

Denver trailed the Clippers 61-54 with 10:50 left within the 3rd quarter. When Murray dropped in a Three-pointer with eight:48 left within the fourth quarter, Denver had an 89-75 lead. Jokic had simply two issues however ruled with 9 rebounds and 6 assists all the way through that extend.

Within the ultimate 3 video games of the sequence, the Nuggets erased double-digit deficits, together with a 19-point margin in the second one part of Sport 6.

In the second one part of the overall 3 video games, the Nuggets averaged 60.Three issues and shot 57% from the sphere and 53.Three% on Three-pointers. The Clippers: 39 issues, 30.2% from the sphere and 24.6% on Three-pointers. 

“We’re simply no longer accepting that any person’s higher than us,” Jokic mentioned.

Denver Nuggets middle Nikola Jokic and guard Jamal Murray rejoice after profitable Sport 7 in opposition to the Los Angeles Clippers. (Photograph: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports activities)

Jerami Grant’s dunk with 2:10 left within the recreation put Denver forward 100-80. The Nuggets destroyed the Clippers in the second one part, outscoring them 50-33.

This isn’t how the Clippers anticipated their season to finish with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. However the two stars went a mixed 10-for-38 capturing, together with Four-for-18 on Three-pointers. Leonard had simply 14 issues, George simply 10. Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 20 issues.

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Denver advances to the convention finals for the primary time since 2009, and it’ll play the Los Angeles Lakers. Sport 1 is Friday.

To get there, the Nuggets achieved the implausible. For the second one consecutive sequence, they got here again from a Three-1 deficit to win the sequence – first in opposition to Utah within the opening spherical and now in opposition to the Clippers.

“I feel we noticed it in Sport Three,” Murray mentioned. “Once we dropped that recreation, it used to be self-inflicted. I feel they learned how excellent we had been.”

Denver is the primary group to get rid of a Three-1 deficit and win the sequence two times in the similar postseason. It had came about simply 11 occasions in NBA historical past coming into those playoffs.

It used to be Malone’s 49th birthday on Tuesday. Jokic joked that he had the easiest reward for his trainer.

“Trainer, I will get you a really perfect provide,” Jokic mentioned. “I am both going to get you house or get you to the Western Convention finals.”

Malone will take the convention finals as a present.

After the Nuggets misplaced Sport 1 to the Clippers, TNT’s Charles Barkley assured the Clippers would sweep Denver.

“All of the guys dedicated, by no means were given down, believed in each and every different,” Malone mentioned. “In gentle of all of the noise outdoor of this sequence that we had no likelihood, other folks making certain it, we discovered a solution to beat a actually excellent group 3 times. I run out of items to mention. … We’ve got a unique crew.” 

Murray indexed individuals who did not give the Nuggets an opportunity. “You have got Shaq (O’Neal), you have got Charles, you have got Zach Lowe, Stephen A. (Smith), all y’all, higher get started giving this group some (expletive) appreciate as a result of we put within the paintings,” Murray mentioned.


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