Another 3-1 deficit, another triumphant series win.
The Nuggets controlled the second half of Tuesday night’s Game 7 against the Clippers and cruised to a 104-89 victory, punching their ticket to the 2020 Western Conference finals. Denver became the first team to crawl out of a 3-1 hole twice in one postseason after previously eliminating the Jazz in the same fashion.
Nuggets stars Jamal Murray (40 points, 15-of-26 shooting) and Nikola Jokic (16 points, 22 rebounds, 13 assists) were the two best players on the floor in Game 7 by far, as they completely outplayed the duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (24 points, 10-of-38 shooting combined). Los Angeles shot just 37.8 percent from the field as a team and was outscored 50-33 in the second half.
“I just think Denver beat us all around. I’m in the place if giving Denver more credit,” Doc Rivers said.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) September 16, 2020
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Nuggets vs. Clippers score
Nuggets vs. Clippers updates, highlights from Game 7
(All times Eastern)
Final: Nuggets 104, Clippers 89
11:35 p.m. — Down 3-1 against the Jazz. Advance. Down 3-1 against the Clippers. Advance. A spectacular playoff run by the Nuggets continues.
11:30 p.m. — Jamal Murray pouring salt in the wound. This thing is over. The Nuggets are up by 20 points. Pure domination.
11:20 p.m. — After JaMychal Green misses short on a corner 3-pointer, the Clippers are now 0-of-10 from the field to start the fourth quarter. Just no flow offensively.
11:10 p.m. — The Nuggets kick off the final frame with a 7-0 run and the lead has ballooned to 15 points. The Clippers are in SERIOUS trouble with 8:47 left on the clock.
End of third quarter: Nuggets 82, Clippers 74
11 p.m. — The Nuggets just sliced up the Clippers’ defense in the third. Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic have been the best players on the floor. Only 12 minutes left. How will Los Angeles respond?
10:50 p.m. — Uh oh. It kind of feels like it’s happening again.
10:40 p.m. — Is it happening again? A quick 8-0 run gives the Nuggets a one-point lead early in the third quarter. The Clippers better be careful here…
Halftime: Clippers 56, Nuggets 54
10:20 p.m. — Someone call the fire department because Jamal Murray is about to burn down the entire arena. The Nuggets guard has 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting in 23 minutes.
10:10 p.m. — Doc Rivers can’t be happy with the foul trouble for the Clippers. That’s now three fouls on Paul George and Ivica Zubac and two fouls on Marcus Morris.
10 p.m. — The Clippers’ offense is cooking here in the second quarter. Los Angeles caps off a 14-5 run with an easy Montrezl Harrell dunk, forcing Nuggets coach Mike Malone to call a timeout.
9:55 p.m. — Landry Shamet appeared to suffer an ankle injury in the first quarter. He hit a 3-pointer before committing a foul to stop play, giving him a chance to head back to the locker room. The Clippers say he is available to return.
End of first quarter: Clippers 24, Nuggets 24
9:45 p.m. — The Murray-Jokic pick-and-roll is a thing of beauty.
9:35 p.m. — Jerami Grant and Ivica Zubac each have two fouls halfway through the first quarter. Both Grant and Zubac have been key pieces in their rotations.
9:20 p.m. — And here we go. Patrick Beverley scores the first points of Game 7.
8:55 p.m. — The starting lineups for Game 7…
Nuggets: Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Jerami Grant, Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic
Clippers: Patrick Beverley, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac
8:40 p.m. — Here’s a “Fun Guy” ready to shoot some hoops.