The Denver Nuggets once again completed a 3-1 comeback for the second consecutive playoff series with a 104-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 as they proceed to the Western Conference Finals to face the Los Angeles Lakers.
The two straight comebacks from the postseason makes the Nuggets the first team to achieve the accolade in NBA history, and also their first Western Conference finals appearance in franchise history since 2009.
The star duo of the Nuggets Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic led the team to win Game 7, as Murray had a game-high 40 point, 15-of-26 from the field, and made 6-of-13 behind the arc, while the Joker had a triple-double performance putting up 16 points, 22 boards, 13 assists, and added 3 blocks dominating over the Clippers.
The Clippers held a 12-point lead ending the first half, but in a similar scenario from Games 5 and 6, the Nuggets took the game into their hands more in the second half, as their role players executed more into the third quarter, while their defense held the Clippers to only 15 points in the fourth quarter, wherein they only had their first field goal with 4:58 time left in the game.
Clippers stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George clearly had an off-performance for a do-or-die battle, as the Nuggets held them to a combined 24 points on 10-of-38 shooting.
Nuggets coach Malone claimed that his team was “relaxed” heading into the elimination game, while lobbing a few jokes to help make his case.
“We’ve never looked at it like putting any pressure on ourselves,” Malone said. “… When we get down by 16 points in the third quarter, I know we’re ready.”