BUENA VISTA LAKE, FLORIDA – Denver’s dynamic duo of Yamal Murray and Nicola Jokico led another amazing turn when the Nuggets made it to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2009.
Murray scored 40 points, Jokic scored a triple-double in the third quarter, and Denver again broke a double-digit deficit to shock the Los Angeles Clippers in the 7th game on Tuesday night.
Denver became the first team in NBA history to compete twice in the same season for a 3: 1 series deficit.
Even more history: The Nuggets are the third major U.S. sports team to compete from a 3-1 deficit pair in the same playoffs. The Royals of Kansas and the 2003 Minnesota Wild.
Denver will face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers Conference Final.
The 7-foot Jokicas played a monster with 16 points, 13 assists and 22 rebounds. It was the most Nuggets player in the NBA playoffs. He broke last year’s 19 record and shared it with Marcus Camby.
In the usual trend, the Nuggets scored 12 points in the first half. They also lagged 61-54, 10:50 into the third when they ignited. The Nuggets advanced 35-13 to a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter.
They were led by as many as 20.
Murray helped the Nuggets pour him on the stretch to give coach Michael Malone a 49th birthday present.
In the last two matches, the team has also recouped the double-digit difference and stunned the Clippers.
Despite the additions of Kawhi Leonardo and Paul George, the Clippers lagged behind the conference finals, where they never were. They dropped to 0-8 all the time in games where they could win a trip to the conference finals.
Leonard finished with 14 points in 6 of 22 shots, while George had 10 points in 4 of 16 shots.
It was a talented Denver two-stolen show.
Jokičius claimed that the third place Nuggets did not feel any pressure. According to him, Game 7 was just another game. After all, it was the fourth Denver game in a row after Game 7 to play in the playoffs last season.
With 12 left in the first half, the Nuggets are back in the game for Murray’s shooting. He scored 25 points before the break when the Clippers chose a double Jokic team.
Nuggets: Jerami Grant and Gary Harris by 14 points each.
Clippers: G Landry Shamet turned his right ankle in the first half, limped down, hit a three-pointer, and then went down to the locker room. He came back just before the quarter. … Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 20 points.
The Nuggets coaching staff went with their usual all-black clothes (nod to singer Johnny Cash). The Clippers wore salmon-colored polo shirts that made them lucky inside the bubble.
Just the coaches are a little superstitious.
“I worked with coaches who knew the records of the communications they wore,” Malone said. “Yes, we are a strange group. We will examine any necessary advantage. When the jump ball goes up, it doesn’t matter what we wear. “
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