Poor Shooting Dooms Nuggets In Game 1 Loss To Clippers

Kawhi Leonard scored 29 factors and also the Los Angeles Clippers rolled past the Denver Nuggets 120-97 on Thursday evening in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Paul George racked up 19 points as well as Marcus Morris added 18 for the Clippers.

Los Angeles fired 57% from the area in an initiative that convinced coach Doc Rivers that his group has actually adjusted and is in the appropriate state of mind.

” If you don’t carry out, it’s mosting likely to hurt you, and component of that is intensity as well as focus, and also you need to have that on each and every single play,” Rivers stated. “I don’t think we understood that early. I assume we do now.”

Nikola Jokic racked up 15 factors for the Nuggets, who fired just 42%.

” I thought we just secured right into our tasks,” George said. “I thought to be truthful, that was the most effective we’ve done so much versus a challenger. I think we just locked right into our jobs. Our attention to information was wonderful. And we complied with the tactical plan.”

Denver’s beginners integrated to rack up just 57 factors on 20-for-48 capturing.

” They were hostile,” Jokic stated. “Our spacing was bad. We rushed shots. You can state whatever. It was a poor, poor night for us. … We can be much better.”

Denver was coming off a seven-game series with Utah that simply finished Tuesday.

” I think that certainly played a part,” Denver train Michael Malone claimed. “Their last video game was Sunday. We had our last video game on Tuesday evening as well as didn’t get back to the hotel till after midnight. … We were tired. Tomorrow we will certainly obtain them as long as rest as we can and also have a much more energised efficiency Saturday night.”

Jamal Murray, that averaged 31.6 factors in the first round and also scored at the very least 50 points twice in that collection, completed with just 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting.

” They are mosting likely to put everyone on Jamal, and we have to do a better work of freeing him up,” Malone said. “But likewise the sphere is mosting likely to discover the open male, as well as when the sphere sticks and also Jamal and also every person else is trying to play individually as well as you are playing a good team, that is mosting likely to make it actually hard.”

The Clippers took cost in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 38-20 to take a 69-51 lead at halftime. Los Angeles held Denver to 25% shooting right into the 2nd quarter.

The Clippers continued to control in the third quarter, holding the Nuggets to 16 points in the duration and also taking a 91-67 introduce the 4th. Los Angeles’ most significant lead in the quarter was 29 factors.


Nuggets: G Gary Harris went back to the starting lineup. He played minimal minutes the past 2 games after having been out considering that March with a stretched right hip. He finished with five factors. … F Jerami Grant scored 11 factors on 4-for-4 capturing in the first quarter however scored one point the rest of the game.

Clippers: G Patrick Beverley, who had missed out on the previous 5 video games with a left calf bone strain, began. He racked up eight factors. … Leonard has 15 consecutive championship game with at the very least 20 points.


The Clippers have dealt with injuries all season, yet they had their whole lineup readily available on Thursday. They have used 33 different starting lineups this period.

” It’s terrific to have everybody together,” George said. “We’ve been saying all of it year. It’s great for us to continue to build this chemistry. I assumed we looked great tonight. I thought we did every little thing. Everyone helped. We had great energy. We were singing and, you recognize, we just desired it.”


Rivers on Beverley’s significance: “He’s a protective captain with his voice. He calls out insurance coverages. He holds everyone responsible. As well as to have that voice to begin games is simply indispensable. What it does, it just leakages over to the rest of the group. When you see him playing like that, and also talking like that on protection, it helps the whole group.”


Game 2 is Saturday.

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