In the Western Conference semifinals between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers it comes to the play-off.
The Nuggets forced a game seven with a 111-98 win on Sunday evening after they were already 3-1 behind in the best-of-seven series.
The Los Angeles Lakers, who eliminated the Houston Rockets on Sunday night, have even more time to regenerate.
Denver is the first team in NBA history to go into the seventh game in four consecutive playoff series. After they were already down 3-1 against Utah, Mike Malone’s team was only the fifth team in history to win five do-or-die games in a single postseason.
It is also the third race to catch up with more than 15 points in such a game.
Nuggets turn up after the break
Until the break everything looked like the Clippers’ fourth success. With 63:47 it went into the cabins, 22 minutes before the end it was even 68:49. But then the nuggets turned up again while Los Angeles lost the thread.
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Led by the towering Nikola Jokic, who hit several incredible one-legged throws, the underdog hit back impressively and even made the result clear in the end.
With a score of 96:91 five minutes before the end it looked like an exciting finish, but Gary Harris with three three-pointers as well as Jokic and Jamal Murray finally pulled the tooth out of LA.
Jokic towers above
Jokic was unstoppable with 34 points (11 in the final quarter), 14 rebounds and seven assists. Murray scored 21 points, Harris 16.
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On the other side, Paul George (33 points) and Kawhi Leonard (25) convinced, but the rest of the starting five only scored nine points together. Chain dog Patrick Beverley had to leave the field early with six fouls.
The seventh game will take place on Wednesday night.