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The Night in the Association: September 13th, 2020

The Nuggets quest for gold lives on.

Denver cruised past the LA Clippers by a score of 111-98 in comeback fashion in order to force a win or go home game 7.

Nikola Jokic led the way scoring 34 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, dishing out seven assists, and shooting an incredibly efficient 13/22 from the field. He has really been doing it all in this series by being the best player out of both teams and making the argument for best center in basketball, between him and Joel Embiid, shifting completely in his direction. One could argue that it shouldn’t even be an argument. 

Nikola Jokic was the main catalyst to the Nuggets’s comeback win against the Los Angeles Clippers today, which ultimately forced game 7 that will be played Tuesday night. Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Jamal Murray also had a great game and arguably his best game of the series so far, scoring 21 points on an incredibly efficient 9/13 shooting from the field. The two stars also got help from rising star Michael Porter Jr and Gary Harris. MPJ had 13 points on 4/7 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds, while Harris had 16 points on 5/11 shooting from the field. 

What propelled the Nuggets to this win was their incredible second half. Being down 16 points at halftime and being down by 19 points at one point in this game, the Nuggets came out firing after halftime and outscored Los Angeles 64-35 in the second half. Nikola Jokic once again was the leading catalyst behind this run scoring 19 out of his 34 points in the second half.

For the Clippers, they honestly put themselves in this position. They have blown multiple games in these playoffs where they were up by at least 16 points (19 points in this contest). Unlike their Los Angeles counterparts, the Lakers, the Clippers don’t keep their foot on the gas pedal for the full 48 minute duration of a basketball game and it’s evident.

In this game, with the exception of Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams, and JaMychal Green, every other Clipper scored under five points and had little to no production on either side of the ball. Patrick Beverley only played 17 minutes after stupidly fouling out and only recorded two points in the contest. Little things like that is what will potentially cost the Clippers a trip to their first Western Conference Finals in franchise history.

However, despite blowing this series which they had in the grasp of their palms, the Clippers have one more chance. They have one more chance to play their hearts out and advance to set up the Battle of LA which everyone has been anticipating. Things might look bleak for the team right now, but they must realize that they are very much alive and could easily win this series and a potential championship when everyone is playing at their best.

For now, the only thing the NBA community and the Clippers fans can do is wait, patiently.

Game 7 is Tuesday Night.

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