Nikola Jokic, Nuggets to Face Lakers After Beautiful Kawhi Leonard, Clippers

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) shoots past LA Clippers forward JaMychal Green (4) during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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A phrase of warning to the Los Angeles Lakers: Enact no longer scamper up 3-1 against the Denver Nuggets.

Denver carried out a 3-1 comeback for the 2d consecutive playoff sequence with a 104-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Sport 7 of their 2d-spherical conflict Tuesday at Walt Disney World Resort.

Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray led the plan with impressive performances and location up a showdown with the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

As for the Clippers, an abysmal efficiency in the 2d half led to a third consecutive loss as they carried out a heavenly collapse. They scored honest appropriate 33 gains after halftime and regarded nothing savor the title contenders many assumed they had been all season.

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First time since ’09.

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Basic Participant Stats

  • Jamal Murray, G, DEN: 40 PTS, 5 AST, 4 REB, 15-of-26 FG, 6-of-13 3PT
  • Nikola Jokic, C, DEN: 16 PTS, 22 REB, 13 AST, 3 BLK, 2 STL
  • Kawhi Leonard, F, LAC: 14 PTS, 6 AST, 6 REB, 2 STL, 6-of-22 FG
  • Paul George, F, LAC: 10 PTS, 4-of-16 FG, 2-of-11 3PT
  • Montrezl Harrell, F, LAC: 20 PTS

Clippers Complete In point of fact apt one of Largest Letdowns in Present NBA Historical past

It’s miles never any longer in particular no longer easy to argue the Clippers are basically the most proficient crew in the league.

Kawhi Leonard is the reigning NBA Finals MVP and could presumably per chance well be the supreme two-plan player in the league. No. 2 alternate suggestions invent no longer receive so much greater than Paul George, who’s a six-time All-Well-known person, 5-time All-NBA desire and four-time All-Defensive desire who can guard the opponent’s supreme player and take over offensively.

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Nuggets beat the Clippers in Sport 7 to merely in regards to the WCF https://t.co/2WQvuBYMiM

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He’s a huge coach and person, however the Doc Rivers legacy gets a dinky no longer easy if this does dwell up as a 2d blown 3-1 lead with the upper crew.

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The Clippers are playing savor a crew that’s the scoreboard every four seconds.

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The supporting solid can be loaded with incompatibility-makers in Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Marcus Morris Sr., Ivica Zubac, Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Inexperienced, among others, and Doc Rivers is a championship-a hit coach.

The leisure looking out a championship can had been classified as a disappointment, no longer to claim blowing a 3-1 lead in the 2d spherical once they’d a 16-point halftime lead in Sport 6.

Harrell location the tone in the opening stretch by discovering openings spherical the rim and taking honest appropriate thing about defenders paying more consideration to Leonard, George and Williams. But to lead clear of a disastrous collapse, the Clippers wanted Leonard or George to play savor a primary person in the greatest moments.

Each gamers struggled to search out their shooting contact as Denver became an initial deficit true into a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.

George struggled with turnovers and his shot while Leonard, who proved how clutch he could presumably per chance well be one day of ultimate season’s playoffs on the Toronto Raptors, stumbled on nothing but iron hundreds of events while making an try to answer to Denver’s 2d-half runs.

If truth be told, L.A. did now not rating a single discipline perform via the principle seven minutes of the fourth quarter. It used to be a a heavenly enlighten of offensive ineptitude with the season on the line, and the Clippers are going house due to it.

Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic Further Cement Huge title Space in Find

The greatest take a look at for the Nuggets entering the sport used to be whether Jokic or Murray had one more magical efficiency in them to propel the crew to the Western Conference Finals.

Jokic dominated the large majority of this sequence, averaging 25.8 gains, 12.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists via the principle six games as a walking double-double. Murray is capable of heating up at a 2d’s scrutinize and became in one of the important crucial supreme offensive shows of the final playoffs one day of a first-spherical showdown with Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz.

Murray showed that magic appropriate out of the gates Tuesday.

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Jamal Murray made 9 shots in the 2nd quarter.

That is tied for basically the most made FG by any player in a quarter of a playoff sport in the play-by-play generation (since 1997). https://t.co/IOFbsaMjn2

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20 PTS for 🔵🏹 in the 2d! https://t.co/SurWwJ7JAE

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Paul Millsap when its the third Quarter https://t.co/j1weJM09dD

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JAMAL MURRAY.

Nuggets up 13 in the 4th 😳

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He poured in 25 gains in the principle half by myself, mixing in a combination of floaters and triples while taking honest appropriate thing in regards to the time George used to be on the bench with dreadful bother. He used to be the greatest motive the Nuggets had been down supreme two on the half without reference to falling on the again of by double digits early.

His potential to retain the Nuggets within putting distance helped them have control in the third quarter.

Los Angeles’ protection persisted to interrupt down on the two stars, which created large-originate appears to be like to be for Jerami Grant, Gary Harris and Paul Millsap. Presumably no person in the league is more fit equipped to take honest appropriate thing about that sing than Jokic, who persisted to compose the true passes while controlling the boards.

Denver’s protection assumed the starring feature in the fourth quarter and held the Clippers to supreme 15 gains because the the presumptive well-liked pressed in an strive to answer to Denver’s pair of superstars.

They honest appropriate never could presumably per chance well.

What’s Subsequent?

The Nuggets will face the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, while the Clippers flip their consideration in direction of the offseason and doubtlessly including more objects to take the subsequent step.