Friday, September 11, 2020
Today marks the fifth game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets in their best-of-seven playoff series. The Clippers won the last game as Kawhi Leonard had 30 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. They will look to win the series and advance to the next round as they battle the Nuggets today.
-Keita Bates-Diop (coach’s decision)
-Bol Bol (coach’s decision)
-Troy Daniels (coach’s decision)
-PJ Dozier (coach’s decision)
-Will Barton (knee)
-Vlatko Cancar (foot)
Los Angeles Clippers:
-Reggie Jackson (coach’s decision)
-Joakim Noah (coach’s decision)
-Patrick Patterson (coach’s decision)
The Los Angeles Clippers would have control of things in the first half as they shot 50% from the field, keeping the Denver Nuggets at 37% shooting. Kawhi Leonard chalked up 14 points which included a three-pointer in the first period. He also had four rebounds, three assists, and two steals while Paul George helped out with 13 points, knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.
Three-time All-Defensive player Patrick Beverley had 10 points which contained two three-pointers. Marcus Morris scored six points while grabbing five rebounds. Ivica Zubac was kept to just a free-throw but was able to record three rebounds. Lou Williams played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just four points.
As for the Denver team, Jamal Murray got hot for 15 points which included two three-pointers. Nikola Jokic recorded nine points, as well as five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and a block. Gary Harris had five points while Paul Millsap and Jerami Grant combined for just five points. Michael Porter Jr. played nine minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless as the Clippers went into halftime with a 56 to 44 advantage.
The Denver Nuggets would make a comeback in the second half as they sparked up a huge 67-49 run, shooting 59% from the field. During that run, Millsap chalked up 14 points which included a trey in the third quarter. Jokic helped out with 13 points to go along with nine rebounds and four assists. Murray had 11 points while Grant and Harris combined for 10 points. Porter Jr. played the most minutes off of the bench as he had seven points.
On the other end of the floor, Leonard added 22 more points to his scoring total, knocking down four three-pointers in the process. George had 13 more points while Morris knocked down two three-pointers. Williams played 10 minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless as the Nuggets come away with a 111-105 victory. Jamal Murray finished the game with 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Kawhi Leonard finished with 36 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
The Denver Nuggets will hope to stay alive as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.