Nuggets Advance to Finals after victory over LA Clippers
The Denver Nuggets have advanced to the Western Conference Finals after beating the LA Clippers in Game 7 on Tuesday night.
The Nuggets will now take on the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers for the right to appear in the NBA Finals.
Denver trailed by two points entering the second half in Game 7, but they once again dominated both the third and fourth quarters to come away with a 104-89 victory. Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic were once again the stars for the Nuggets, but the defense was tremendous as well.
Murray led all scorers with 40 points in the victory, with 26 of those points coming in the first half. Jokic recorded a triple-double in the victory, totaling 16 points, 22 rebounds, and 13 assists.
This is the second straight series in which the Denver Nuggets have overcome a 3-1 deficit to come back and win the series. The Nuggets were able to eliminate the Utah Jazz in the first round to set up this showdown with the Clippers.
Defense has been a key for the Nuggets throughout the 2019-20 season, and that was on display in this game. Denver held the Clippers to just 33 points in the second half, which helped them to complete the comeback.
Murray and Jokic have combined for more than 52 points per game so far this postseason, and they will need to play well in this series if the Nuggets are going to get past the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nuggets are shooting almost 40 percent from the three-point line as a team as well, and hot shooting is another area that will need to continue.
The Lakers have gone 8-2 so far in these playoffs, dispatching both the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets in five games. Los Angeles did lose the series opener in each of those matchups, and the Nuggets hope that trend continues in this series.
Broncos Need Offense in Week 2
The Denver Broncos are set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday for a Week 2 matchup in the NFL. Denver is still looking for its first win of the season after falling to the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.
Much was made about the improved Broncos offense heading into the 2020 season, but that offense struggled to find the end zone very often in the season opener.
Quarterback Drew Lock threw for 216 yards and one touchdown in the loss, and rookie Jerry Jeudy had a solid game at wide receiver. Tight end Noah Fant is another new piece for the Broncos, and he had five receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.
The Broncos’ opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, had little trouble scoring points in a blowout win over the New York Giants in Week 1. Denver will have to slow down Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers passing attack to stay in this game.
Once again, the Broncos will be without fan favorite Von Miller, as he is recovering from ankle surgery at home.
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