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The Los Angeles Clippers are yet to lose two games in a row in these playoffs, and they were not supposed to start Monday.
LA defeated the Denver Nuggets 113–107 in Game 3 of their Western Conference second-round playoff series at Walt Disney World Resort to take a 2–1 lead in the process. Paul George and Kavi Leonard led the winning effort, helping their team lose Game 2.
An impressive performance from Nikola Jokic was not enough for the Nuggets, who now have to win three of the next four to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2009.
Notable player stats
- Paul George, F, LAC: 32 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 12 -18 FG, 5-of-7 3PT
- Qui Leonard, F, LAC: 23 PTS, 14 REB, 6 AST, 2 BLK
- Nikola Jokic, C, DEN: 32 PTS, 12 REB, 8 AST, 7 T.O.
- Michael Porter Jr., F, Den: 18 PTS, 10 REB, 3 STL
- Jamal Murray, G, Den: 14 PTS, 9 AST, 4 REB, 2 STL, 5-of-17 NG
Kavi, PG-13 for Take Over Clippers
Leonard’s status as a major playoff performer is already safe given that he has NBA Finals MVP for the Toronto Rappers and San Antonio Spurs. There are some stable players in the league, and he is once again a force in these playoffs.
Except Game 2.
He ended that loss with 13 points from 4-of-17, failing to score a goal in the fourth quarter. It was the first time he scored less than 29 points in all playoffs and placed him under the spotlight coming into Monday’s competition.
Outside the gates in Game 3 was much better as he refused to settle for low-percentage jumpers, did his job in the lane, hit his patented mid-range shots and generated offense as a convenience as well Together, Denver hit him.
George took advantage of the resulting spot and quickly found his stroke, which was important to the Clippers, given how inconsistent his No. 2 option has been in the playoffs. The pair of stars kept their side by collapsing with 31 points when none of their teammates were more than six.
George also kept the Clippers strong throughout the third quarter and helped to make up for Jokic’s incredible game.
The winning time was two stars.
In the final five minutes, Leonard gave a perfect pass to Ivika Zubac for a 1-dunk involving a mid-range, found the Montreal Hurl with another beautiful pass and filled Jamal Murray’s sting just for his middle finger. . George made a significant charge on Murray and provided the staffing defense as LA led by 23–10 to win the game.
End the poor jockey’s efforts
While Murray’s showdown with Donovan Mitchell defined the first round, the series is a duet fight.
Murray and Jock suffered a combined defeat for 27 points in Game 1 and were beaten by Leonard and George, but bounced back with a combined 53 points in Game 2’s victory, even though LA was two of its wing stars and Patrick can throw Beverly over Murray.
The Clippers do not have as many elite defenders to match with Jockey, who wasted no time in doing anything on the triple-double watch outside the gates. He worked in pick-and-roll, found cutters with accurate passes and exhibited a soft shooting touch of his own, which in turn opened more passing lanes to find his teammates.
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Nikola Jock has been through 3 quarters of 3-player play play games with at least 25 Pts, 10 Reb and 8 Ast since play-by-play tracking began in 1996–97. Others to reach those marks are Steve Nash (May 18, 2005) and LeBron James (3 examples). https://t.co/KwnoWLlChD
Michael Porter Jr. capitalized on that spot by getting to the rim and killing several thieves as Denver led by 12 points in the first half. He treated fans for one-handed slams in the third quarter to one of the best attractions to bubble from the sky above Harel.
He also wouldn’t have been the most dominant part of the third quarter for Nougat, as Jockey was unstoppable during a three-minute stop that hit him a jumper, an incredible full-court pass to Jeremy Grant in one hand. Rebound and drill three trials to double his team’s lead to double digits.
However, it all disappeared in crunch time.
Denver scored 10 points in the final eight minutes to slip their lead. Jock hesitated on a crucial three and was unable to control the contest, as he did in the early going, and Leonard’s Murray sting was a subtle form of overall struggles for the block guard as the Nuggets ‘stars’ LA Can persist with ‘.
What will happen next?
Game 4 of the series airs on Wednesday at 9 pm ET.