Flights home from the NBA’s bubble are planned whenever a team is on the cusp of elimination, just in case they are needed. Denver are in no hurry to board that plane.
The never-say-die Nuggets pulled off another season-saving comeback – and, after rallying from 19 points down with 22 minutes remaining, they will see the LA Clippers in Game 7 for a berth in the Western Conference Finals in the early hours of Wednesday morning (2am), live on Sky Sports.
Nikola Jokic had 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Nuggets topped the Clippers 111-98 on Sunday to even their West semi-final series at three games apiece. The Nuggets will try to become the first team in NBA history to rally from a pair of 3-1 deficits in the same postseason, after doing so against Utah in the West first round.
“I’m running out of adjectives, superlatives, whatever you want to call it to speak on our team,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “That is a tough, resilient group of you-know-whats. I love our team. I love our team. I love our toughness.”
Jamal Murray scored 21 for Denver, who got 16 from Gary Harris, 13 from Michael Porter Jr and 10 from Monte Morris. The Nuggets outscored the Clippers 62-27 over a dizzying 20-minute stretch of the second half, turning everything around.
“I don’t know how we did it, to be honest,” Jokic said. “That’s an amazing team. They are really talented, well-coached. They are really scary.”