Denver Nuggets are again in the 7th game of a postseason series and they made it sure after trailing 3-1 to the Clippers. After winning the Game-05 105-11, Nuggets clinched the Game-06 98-111 to level the Eastern Conference Semifinal postseason series 3-3. Clippers led by 8 points after the first quarter and they took the 2nd quarter 21-29 to lead by 16 points at half-game. The second half went for Denver Nuggets and they made a big comeback. Nuggets took the 3rd quarter 30-16 and Clipper led by just 2-point going into the final quarter. Denver’s defense was outstanding in the final quarter and they took the final quarter with 34-19 to take the series into the decider game.
Nikola Jokic paced Denver by putting 34 points, 14 rebounds, and 7 assists in 40 minutes of playing time. He shot 59% from the floor and in the second half, he was terrific. Murray contributed 21 points plus 5 boards. For Clippers, Leonard scored 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Paul George was the leading scorer for them, scoring 33 points plus 6 boards from 39 minutes. Denver Nuggets shot 54.1 percent from the floor, including 12 out of 25 from the 3-points range while the Clippers shot 41 percent field goals, including 10 out of 27 from the beyond the arc. Nuggets dominated the offensive rebounds with 41-37 and forced 14 Clippers turnovers in the victory. They allowed Clippers only 35 points in the second half to change the game in their favors.
Nuggets are the underdogs and they have previously done it against Utah Jazz after coming back from 3-1 deficits. If they win here, they become the first team in the league history to do so in consecutive series.
Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley (PG), Paul George (SG/SF), Kawhi Leonard (SF), Marcus Morris (SF/PF), Ivica Zubac (C)
Jamal Murray (PG/SG), Gary Harris (SG), Jerami Grant (SF/PF), Paul Millsap (PF/C), Nikola Jokic (C)
Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George (SG/SF): 21.1 points, 6.3 rebounds
Kawhi Leonard (SF): 29.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists