LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, USA (AP) – Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, members of Denver’s dynamic duo, spearheaded another staggering comeback, and the Nuggets advanced to the Western Conference finals, which they were unable to do. since 2009.
Murray scored 40 points, Jokic hit a triple-double in the third quarter and Denver again overcame a double-digit deficit to knock out the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 after Game 7 of the semifinal series.
Denver became the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit twice in series in the same postseason.
And there was more history: The Nuggets are the third professional sports team in the United States to reverse a pair of 3-1 deficits in the same playoffs. Before, only the Kansas City Royals (1985) and the Minnesota Wild (ice hockey in 2003) did it.
The Nuggets will face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference final.
Jokic provided a spectacular game with 16 points, 13 assists and 22 rebounds, the most by a Nuggets player in an NBA playoff game. He broke the record of 19 he had set the previous season and shared with Marcus Camby.