Byline by – Vinayak Heliwal
The Denver Nuggets stunned the Los Angeles Clippers, 104-89 to win Game Seven of the second round of the NBA Playoffs and advance to the Western Conference Finals.
The stage was set for a historic Western Conference Finals series between the Lakers and Clippers, two teams that have shared the city of Los Angeles for the last 35 years but have never faced off each other in Conference finals.
However, the Denver Nuggets had different plans and sent the Clippers packing on Tuesday night after trailing in the Western Conference playoffs 3-1. The Denver Nuggets will now play the Lakers in the Western Conference finals for the third time in NBA history.
Denver Nuggets also become the first team in history to ever overcome 3-1 deficits twice in a single postseason against Utah Jass and Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers were in the lead into halftime but Nuggets took control of the game from there, outscoring the LA side by 10 points in the third quarter and seven in the fourth to run away 15-points winners.The Nuggets were once again inspired by the dynamic duo of Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic.
The 7-foot Nikola Jokic had a monster game with 16 points, 13 assists, and 22 rebounds, which were the most by a Nuggets player in an NBA playoff game. He broke his record of 19 that he set last season and shared with Marcus Camby.
The Denver Nuggets are the third team in the US major Pro sports to rally from a pair of 3-1 deficits in the same playoffs, joining the 1985 Kansas City Royals and 2003 Minnesota Wild.
The Nuggets will now have to overcome two emotionally and physically taxing series by Thursday to take on the Lakers