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Denver vs L.A. Clippers
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Where: AdventHealth Arena, Orlando, Florida

The weight of a Game 7 contest will weigh more heavily on the Los Angeles Clippers, the Denver Nuggets believe.

"To us, Game 7 is just another game," Nuggets center Nikola Jokic said.

Jokic had 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists as the Nuggets stunned the Clippers 111-98 in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal on Sunday at the NBA bubble near Orlando.

Game 7 is Tuesday. The winner meets the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals.

Jokic connected on 13 of 22 shots from the floor, including 4 of 6 3-pointers. Jamal Murray had 21 points, Gary Harris added 16 and Michael Porter Jr. chipped in 13 for the third-seeded Nuggets, who outscored the second-seeded Clippers 64-35 in the second half.

"It was just amazing," Denver coach Michael Malone told the media after the game. "We had 11 straight stops at one point. Coming into this round they were the No. 1 offense in the playoffs, so I'm running out of adjectives, superlatives, whatever you want to call it to speak on our team because that is a tough, resilient group of you know what. I love our team."

Paul George had 33 points, six rebounds and five steals for the Clippers, who are attempting to advance to their first Western Conference final. They are 0-7 in franchise history in previous attempts to get there.

Kawhi Leonard contributed 25 points, eight boards and five assists, while Lou Williams scored 14 points. JaMychal Green had 11.

"Just gave up the lead again, pretty much," said Leonard, who made 8 of 18 shots and 3 of 5 3-pointers. "They came down and either scored or got fouled in the third quarter, and we couldn't buy a basket. That's how they came back."

The Nuggets will be trying to become the first NBA club to rally from a 3-1 deficit in back-to-back series. They did so against the Utah Jazz in the first round. And Leonard said the Clippers have to be ready for what the Nuggets have in store for them.

"Just got to leave it all out on the floor," Leonard said. "Make sure we are paying attention to detail, executing and communicating on the defensive end. That's all we can do. Go out there and play hard and make sure we know the game plan."

The game plan Sunday seemed to be going just fine for Los Angeles in the first half. The Clippers coasted to a 16-point halftime lead and went up by as much as 19 early in the third quarter. But the Nuggets outscored them 30-16 in the third and seized control in the fourth.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the game swung when Murray, who appeared to have the wind knocked out of him, crashed to the floor after a third-quarter collision under the basket with George.

"I thought once Murray went down with that injury from that point on the complexion of the game completely changed," Rivers said. "I thought we were the more physical team, we were attacking, we were getting into the paint. And from that point on, it was a reverse of scripts."

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Denver 53-33 W2 30-14 18-14 11-7 42-26 16-5 36-22
L.A. Clippers 56-28 L2 25-7 19-13 8-6 48-22 8-6 39-21
Last Meeting
Denver L.A. Clippers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
9/13/20 LAC 98 DEN 111 111 41 54.1 98 37 41.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Denver N. Jokic 34 59.1 4
L.A. Clippers P. George 33 42.9 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Denver N. Jokic 14 2 12
L.A. Clippers I. Zubac 12 4 8
Assists Player  
Denver N. Jokic 7
L.A. Clippers K. Leonard 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Denver N. Jokic 1847 52.7 295
L.A. Clippers K. Leonard 1948 46.7 440
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Denver N. Jokic 881 193 688
L.A. Clippers I. Zubac 651 228 423
Assists Player  
Denver N. Jokic 611
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 419
Quickchart Matchup
Denver Denver Off vs  L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Defense
Denver Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points For 110.6 Points For
Denver Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points Against 110.0 Points Against
Denver - FG% 47.2 FG%
L.A. Clippers - FG% 44.2 FG%
Denver - Reb 43.7 Reb
L.A. Clippers - Reb 44.8 Reb
L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Off vs  Denver Denver Defense
L.A. Clippers Off vs Denver - Points For 116.3 Points For
L.A. Clippers Off vs Denver - Points Against 109.3 Points Against
L.A. Clippers - FG% 46.8 FG%
Denver - FG% 46.4 FG%
L.A. Clippers - Reb 47.2 Reb
Denver - Reb 42.5 Reb