As soon as down Three-1 within the collection, the Nuggets finished an all-time comeback by means of defeating the Clippers in Recreation 7 in their semifinal matchup and can now face the Los Angeles Lakers for the Western Convention crown.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Six consecutive removing video games and 6 consecutive victories for the Denver Nuggets within the 2020 NBA playoffs.
The Nuggets’ outstanding postseason run continues towards the percentages following a 104-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Recreation 7 of the Western Convention semifinals on Tuesday.
Denver heart 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 Recreation 7s with two triple-doubles.
“He ruled the sport in numerous tactics,” Clippers trainer Document Rivers stated.
Jamal Murray had 40 issues, Gary Harris and Jerami Grant every had 14 issues, and Denver proved to be the tougher operating, extra disciplined and higher staff.
“Our function used to be by no means to get to a Recreation 7,” Nuggets trainer Michael Malone stated. “Our function after we began this complete season used to be to win a championship, and as outrageous as that can sound for other folks out of doors of our workforce, 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 right through that extend.
“We’re simply now not accepting that any person’s higher than us,” Jokic stated.
Denver Nuggets heart Nikola Jokic and guard Jamal Murray have a good time after successful Recreation 7 towards the Los Angeles Clippers. (Picture: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports activities)
Jerami Grant’s dunk with 2:10 left within the sport 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 they 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.
Denver advances to the convention finals for the primary time since 2009, and it is going to play the Los Angeles Lakers. Recreation 1 is Friday.
To get there, the Nuggets completed the incredible. For the second one consecutive collection, they got here again from a Three-1 deficit to win the collection – first towards Utah within the opening spherical and now towards the Clippers.
“I feel we noticed it in Recreation Three,” Murray stated. “After we dropped that sport, it used to be self-inflicted. I feel they discovered how excellent we had been.”
Denver is the primary staff to do away with a Three-1 deficit and win the collection two times in the similar postseason. It had took place simply 11 instances in NBA historical past coming into those playoffs.
It used to be Malone’s 49th birthday on Tuesday. Jokic joked that he had the very best reward for his trainer.
“Trainer, I’ll get you a really perfect provide,” Jokic stated. “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 Recreation 1 to the Clippers, TNT’s Charles Barkley assured the Clippers would sweep Denver.
“The entire guys dedicated, by no means were given down, believed in every different,” Malone stated. “In gentle of the entire noise out of doors of this collection that we had no likelihood, other folks making certain it, we discovered a strategy to beat a actually excellent staff thrice. I run out of items to mention. … We have now a unique workforce.”