Murray and Nuggets stun Clippers in Game 7 to complete series comeback

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla .– The dynamic Denver duo of Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic led another startling turnaround as the Nuggets advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2009.

Murray scored 40 points, Jokic had a triple-double in the third quarter and Denver again overcame a double-digit deficit to shock the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 in Game 7 on Tuesday night.

Denver became the first team in NBA history to bounce back from a 3-1 series deficit twice in the same postseason.

Even more story: The Nuggets are the third major U.S. professional sports team to rally after a pair of 3-1 deficits in the same playoffs, joining the Kansas City Royals in 1985 and the Minnesota Wild in 2003.

Denver will face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals.

The 7-foot Jokic had a monster game with 16 points, 13 assists and 22 rebounds, which was most played by a Nuggets player in an NBA playoff game. He broke his record of 19 which he set last season and shared with Marcus Camby.

In a familiar trend, the Nuggets found themselves down 12 in the first half. They also trailed 61-54 with 10:50 let in the third when they caught fire. The Nuggets went on a 35-13 run to build a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter.

They were leading up to 20 people.

Murray helped the Nuggets pour it full length to give coach Michael Malone a 49th birthday present.

The team have also regained double-digit margins in their last two games to stun the Clippers.

Despite the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers stayed short of the conference finals, which they never went to. They’ve fallen to 0-8 all-time in games where they’ve been able to win a trip to the conference finals.

Leonard finished with 14 points on 6 of 22 shots, while George had 10 points on 4 of 16 shots.

It was the talented Denver duo who stole the show.

Jokic insisted the third-seeded Nuggets felt no pressure. He said Game 7 was just another game. After all, it was Denver 7’s fourth straight game since the playoffs last season.

After trailing by no less than 12 in the first half, the Nuggets returned to the game behind Murray’s shot. He scored 25 before intermission as the Clippers chose Jokic’s double-team.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Jerami Grant and Gary Harris each had 14 points.

Clippers: G Landry Shamet turned his right ankle in the first quarter, limped on the floor, hit a 3-point pointer then hobbled to the locker room. He came back just before half-time. … Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 20 points.



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