Pulling off one of this seasons biggest upsets, the Denver Nuggets stormed back from a 1-3 series deficit to eliminate the heavily favored Los Angeles Clippers and advance to the NBA Western Conference finals.
Denver banked on young sensations Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, who both completely outperformed Clippers superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the do-or-die Game 7, 104-89, on Tuesday, September 15 (Wednesday, September 16, Philippine time).
With their series win, the Nuggets became the first team in NBA history to complete a 1-3 comeback twice in the same playoff run.
So it’s no surprise that players and sports personalities gave the Nuggets the much deserved props.
Donovan Mitchell – whose Utah Jazz also yielded to the Nuggets in the previous round even after a 3-1 series lead – tipped his hat.
Isaiah Thomas and Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier also can’t quite believe how the Nuggets defied the odds.
Aside from leading the historic comeback, the power Nuggets duo of Murray and Jokic also put themselves in the history books.
Jokic, who finished with 16 points, 22 rebounds and 13 assists, became the first player who posted a triple-double in just 3 quarters in a Game 7, while Murray became the second youngest player who scored 40 points in a winner-take-all, just behind LeBron James.
Grizzlies star Ja Morant, the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year, credited the power pair as Spurs’ Dejounte Murray and Jazz’s Fil-Am guard Jordan Clarkson were amazed by Jokic’s performance.
Veteran guard Jamal Crawford and Channing Frye believe Murray is a star as Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross called Murray ‘Captain Canada.’
Aside from Portland Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, other personalities also fired their shots at the Clippers squad – now with 0-8 all-time record when trying to clinch a conference finals spot.
Former Los Angeles Lakers’ guard and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson called out the Clippers for choking again and emphasized that LA will always be owned by the Lakers.
Sports analyst Kendrick Perkins, another former NBA champion, also criticized PG and Kawhi’s poor performance.
The Nuggets will have a couple of days to prepare and rest against the Los Angeles Lakers, who advanced to the West finals after a 4-1 series victory over the Houston Rockets.
The Lakers-Nuggets best-of-seven showdown kicks off on Friday, September 18 (Saturday, September 19, Philippine time). – Rappler.com