The Denver Nuggets shocked the Los Angeles Clippers for a second consecutive game coming back from a huge deficit to force Game 7 in the NBA Western Conference semi-finals.
Denver rallied from a 19 point deficit but went on a 17-0 run and outscored the Clippers 30-16 in the third quarter to win back-to-games despite trailing by a huge deficit.
The Clippers were leading the series 3-1 and were poised to reach their first ever Western Conference finals, but the Nuggets impressive shooting and resilience helped them come back to tie the series at 3-3.
Murray spins around PG and throws it down with two hands 👀 pic.twitter.com/ObkckenPEr
— ESPN (@espn) September 13, 2020
Jokic finished the game with 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, while shooting a magical 59.1% from the field and going 4-6 from 3-point range. He hit back-to-back 3s with nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to increase Denver’s lead to seven points and L.A. was never able to come back in the game.
The Clippers, meanwhile, made 6-18 shots in the final quarter while displaying not enough quality that helped Denver to get back into the game during the first half.
Paul George scored a team-high 33 for the Clippers and Kawhi Leonard added 25 points. Nuggets are also the first team in NBA history with three 15-point comeback wins facing elimination in a postseason.
As they have since falling behind Utah 3-1 in the first round, the Nuggets refused to quit and reduced a 19-point Clippers lead to one during a six-minute span in the third quarter that saw the Clippers miss 10 consecutive field goals. George was a lone bright spot, scoring 10 of his team’s 16 points in the third quarter.
Paul George’s block on Jamal Murray caused a collision on the floor. Murray stayed down for a few moments before he got up and left the court without any assistance. After taking the hard fall, it seemed like Jamal Murray would miss the rest of the game. However, Murray returned to action just a few minutes after clashing with the Clippers guard and ended with 21 points (9-13 FGM) to help his team win in Game 6
The @nuggets come back from 19 DOWN to erase a 3-1 series deficit and FORCE GAME 7 Tue. (9/15) at 9pm/et on ESPN!
Nikola Jokic: 34 PTS, 14 REB, 7 AST
Jamal Murray: 21 PTS (9-13 FGM)
Gary Harris: 16 PTS, 4 STL
Paul George: 33 PTS, 5 STL pic.twitter.com/HaQEL5ghgp
— NBA (@NBA) September 13, 2020
In the Western Conference final will be the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers who won both their playoff series 4-1 to near their first NBA crown since 2010. Miami Heat and Boston Celtics battle it out to make the NBA finals from the East in the NBA bubble in Orlando.
Game 7 on Tuesday night will have a huge ramifications to determine the winner of this year’s NBA championship.
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