Nuggets vs. Clippers score, takeaways: Denver forced Game 6 against Los Angeles to end late return

The Denver Nuggets are still alive. After trailing by 16 points in the first half, the Nuggets bounced back and, using the fourth quarter, defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 111-105 in Game 5 of their second-round series. Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Nikola Jokic finished with another great performance with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, while Jamal Murray provided 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in all series in his best matches. But while the two of them paved the way as usual, and helped to close the show, the Nuggets thanked Paul Millsap a lot. The veteran stepped up in a major way in the third quarter, scoring 14 of his 17 points in the frame to give the Nuggets some life and get them back into the game.

Qui Leonard and Paul George were the lead for the first three quarters, and combined for 62 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. But in the late third, the Clippers began to fall short, and it continued into the fourth. By the time they actually woke up and were locked back at the defensive end, the Nuggets had the lead, and the Clippers couldn’t get it back. They will have to wait until Game 6 to reach their first conference final in franchise history.

Here are three major takeaways from the game:

1. Nuggets Keep Fighting

The Nuggets trailed the Jazz 3–1 in the first round, but never gave up and made a great comeback in that series to preserve their season. Leading in Game 5 against the Clippers, he found himself in the same position as against a better team.

It did not look like there would be any big comeback this time, however, as the Clippers took an early lead, delaying them to 16 points in the second half. La was completely in control of both ends of the floor, and it just didn’t look like there was no road to Denver.

Honestly, at the time, it would make sense if the Nuggets packed things up. At the halftime show, Charles Barclay also guaranteed the Clippers would win by 20. Only this did not happen. The nuggets just hang around here and there, a bucket is being found here, and there is a bucket there to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand, and then it goes late in the third digit to make it into a single digit. Could.

The Nuggets put that energy into fourth place, and with seven minutes to go they took the lead on a rainbow three by Jockey. They never trailed again, outscoring the Clippers 38-25 in the fourth quarter. Denver deserves a ton of credit for the spirit shown in the game, not only for coming back and taking the lead, but for dropping the streaks down the strep.

2. Millsap Steps

No one is expecting Paul Millsap to do the bulk of the work, but even by his current standards, he does not see himself in the bubble. Through 12 games in the playoffs, he is hitting just 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, shooting 45.5 percent from the field.

His inability to be a reliable member of the supporting cast has been one of Nougat’s major problems with this postman. But on Friday night, there were no such issues. Millsap finished with 17 points and six rebounds from his best game of the playoffs, and helped key the Nuggets’ change starting in the third quarter.

With the Nuggets trailing by 12 in the middle of the third, Millsap scored eight straight for Denver, reducing the deficit to six points. Next, the Clippers responded and pushed the lead to 12, with Millsap replying with a six-point run. He finished with 14 of 17 points in the third, and simply would not let the Nuggets break apart.

Jamal Murray said after the game that Millsap “gave us life,” and it’s a good way to sum things up. Millsap barely played in the fourth quarter as well, but he put the Denver stars in a position to shut down the show.

3. Nuggets fourth-quarter 3-point shooting

One of the main reasons the Clippers took such a huge lead in the game was because they dominated from the 3-point line. Through the first three quarters, the Clippers were 13 of 29, while the Nuggets were 5 of 18. There were obviously other factors, but when you’re running out of 24 points from the 3-point line, it’s hard to win.

In the fourth quarter, however, all flipped. Denver warmed up in a dominant way, thwarting seven of their nine attempts, while the Clippers did not buy an outside shot, shooting 3. Again, this was not the whole story, but it was a big part. If you want to come back from a 16 point deficit, you have to hit some outside shots, and the Nuggets did the same.

One of the main ways that nuggets were going through is through their pick-and-roll. On two early possessions in the fourth, Jamal Murray – who finished with four 3s in the frame – took advantage of dropping Montreal Harley, and hit pull-up triers. Then later in the quarter, when Clear kills both of Murray’s defenders, he breaks it out with an open jock.

Then, of course, Michael Porter Jr. had a dagger with over a minute to play – a fitting ending after his postgame comments the other night.