Nuggets Lose Lead, Fall To Clippers 113-107 In Game 3 Of Semis

Kawhi Leonard obstructed a dunk at the edge with one finger. It was part of a protective initiative that deserved a huge hand for thrusting the Los Angeles Clippers down the stretch.

Paul George scored 32 factors, Leonard included 23 in addition to a large late block and also the dynamic duo assisted the Clippers rally for a 113-107 sway the Denver Nuggets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal collection Monday night.

Leonard did a little of every little thing as he got hold of 14 rebounds as well as dished out 6 aids. He likewise had two blocks, consisting of one late on a dunk effort by Jamal Murray at the rim. Leonard’s center finger showed up to get simply sufficient of the round to maintain it out of the basket.

” I really did not know it was one finger. It was a heck of a play. It went over,” Clippers train Doc Rivers stated. “I didn’t even recognize where he came from. It was a hell of a play.”

Los Angeles takes a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven collection. Game 4 is Wednesday.

With his team routing 97-90 early in the 4th quarter, Rivers called a timeout to relax the Clippers. Fueled by protection, Los Angeles went on a 14-4 run to take a 104-101 lead. The Clippers would not route again.

” The game came down to one of both teams was mosting likely to play some defense,” Rivers stated. “For 3 1/2 quarters both teams were basically scoring. In the last six minutes it was our defense.

” We had our gaps. There’s no doubt regarding that. Yet generally, when we secured we were truly good.”

Lou Williams all but sealed the win with a driving layup that prolonged the cause 6 with 2:04 left. George turned in a sizzling shooting night. He completed 12 of 18 from the floor, including five 3-pointers.

” He did a fantastic task. He appeared there with energy, led us on both ends of the floor,” Leonard claimed of George. “We simply followed his lead.”

Nikola Jokic completed with 32 points, 12 rebounds and also eight assists for Denver in spite of an aching right wrist that had him suspicious prior to the game.

” They’re gifted,” Jokic said. “They’re favored theoretically and every little thing, have perhaps much better beginning system, even more players, whatever. Coach, whatever. … Today, we really did not close well.

” The initiative requires to be there to offer ourselves a chance to win a game.”

The All-Star center had the pass of the night in the third quarter, when he got a rebound, quickly rotated around and also sent an ideal, full-court strike to Jerami Grant for a dunk.

Jokic confirmed to be a handful for the Clippers with JaMychal Green, Ivica Zubac as well as Montrezl Harrell picking up very early fouls attempting to cover him. Zubac fouled out with 4:07 remaining.

Asked to describe what makes Jokic so hard to guard, guard Patrick Beverley said he’s practically like Dallas standout Luka Doncic: “A great deal of smacking. Puts a great deal of stress on umpires to make the ideal phone call.”

Jokic shook off the assertion (after being informed what flailing methods).

” They had 26 free throws. We had 10,” Jokic said. “I indicate, I’m simply revealing the ref that it’s a foul.”


Clippers: F Marcus Morris had 12 points. … The Clippers outscored the Nuggets 30-12 in fast-break factors.

Nuggets: Denver outscored the Clippers by a 58-42 margin in factors in the paint. … Rookie reserve Michael Porter Jr. do with 18 factors for the Nuggets, while Murray was held to 14 on 5 of 17 shooting. … Grant and also Paul Millsap each had 11 factors.


Nuggets coach Michael Malone accentuates the “United States vs. The World” inspiration card. He felt his group was crossed out against Utah after falling behind 3-1 in the collection. He assumed many believed the Nuggets would obtain brushed up after losing Game 1 in unbalanced fashion prior to recoiling to take Game 2.

” No one provides this team a chance to do a great deal of points,” Malone said. “We don’t truly care what anybody considers us, specifically outside of Colorado. It’s the belief that we have in the locker room. It’s been there because the first day.”


For now, Beverley continues to be on a mins limitation as he heals from a strained left calf bone. He played a little bit more than 12 mins in Game 1 as well as 15 minutes in Game 2. He was on the court for more than 20 minutes in Game 3.

” I do believe each video game, with any luck there will certainly be an uptick,” Rivers stated. “It’s far better than not having him.”

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