Denver’s dynamic duo of Jamal Murray and Jokic led another stunning turnaround as the Nuggets advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009. Murray scored 40 points, Jokic had a triple-double by the third quarter and Denver again overcame a double-digit deficit to shock the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 in Game 7 on Tuesday night. Denver became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit twice in the same postseason. The team beat Utah in Game 7 in the first round.
For the Clippers, the drought continues. The franchise has never made it to the Western Conference finals. This year, many believed this Clippers team was good enough to win the NBA title. Last night they fell short in an embarrassing fashion. In this series, they boasted a 3-1 lead and they held a double digit lead in game 5, 6 and 7. Yet, in each game they proceeded to let their lead slip away.
This marked the third time that coach Doc Rivers was on the losing end of a series where his team led 3-1. It also happened when he was with Orlando against Detroit in 2003, and with the Clippers against Houston in 2015. “I’m the coach and I’ll take any blame for it. But we didn’t meet our expectations, clearly,” Rivers said.
Kawhi Leonard finished with 14 points on 6-of-22 shooting, while Paul George had 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting. Their two stars had their worst games of the postseason in the biggest moment. It was a disaster all around for the Clippers who do return their entire core for 2021.
Denver will now try its luck against the other Los Angeles team, the Lakers, as they look to continue their Cinderella run through these playoffs. Game 1 tips off on Friday night September 16th.