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CU Buffs-PointsBet enter into historic deal

On Tuesday it was announced that the University of Colorado and PointsBet, a global sportsbook operator, had signed a five-year corporate sponsorship agreement.

The exclusive partnership is the first ever between a sports betting operator and a major NCAA Division-I athletics program located outside the state of Nevada. It also is believed to be the first with a Power-5 conference school.

The deal couldn’t come at a better time for a CU athletics department that is dealing with financial loses due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has at least temporarily shutdown the PAC-12 football season.

“We’re thrilled to have PointsBet as a partner and for the benefits this sponsorship will provide for our student-athletes for years to come. We are impressed with their commitment to raising awareness around responsible gaming.  And we’re particularly excited whenever we can partner with sponsors who call Colorado home.”

CU Athletic Director Rick George said.

Who is PointsBet?

PointsBet was originally founded in Australia and is a sportsbook operator that prides itself on having the quickest and most user-friendly app in the industry.

Not only are they growing rapidly within the U.S., but in the Colorado market specifically. Earlier this year PointsBet entered into an agreement with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment making them the exclusive betting partner of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Mammoth, along with Pepsi Center as a whole.

On top of that PointsBet’s U.S.-based headquarters is located in downtown Denver.

“As a tech company at heart that is proud to call the state of Colorado home, we are thrilled to announce this partnership as part of our ongoing quest to become synonymous with Colorado sports betting. Since announcing our plans for a new headquarters in Denver, we’ve consistently stated our desire to work closely with the state’s first-class university system and rich pool of tech talent.  It is an honor to become a partner of the Colorado Buffaloes, where we look forward to bolstering general sports betting knowledge and responsible gaming awareness while recruiting some of the best and brightest minds to help install a foundation for prolonged success.”

PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken said of the agreement.

PointsBet does not currently have a sportsbook app available to the public in Colorado, but does plan on releasing it before the end of this year.

Terms of deal not disclosed

While George did not disclose the terms of the partnership the funds from the deal have been earmarked for the CU athletic department’s Scripps Leadership and Career Development Program.

“This is going to benefit our student-athletes in the areas of leadership and career development. And that’s an important part of what we’re doing. To be able to provide the support, internship opportunities…they’re a technology company, and we’re a school that has a tremendous amount of students, and student-athletes, in those areas. We think there’s a real positive in that regard relative to this partnership. We’re pretty excited about what that will do for us.”

George said.

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Padres hammer Rockies, González 14-5

A night after getting shutout by San Diego things started off well for Colorado. Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer, his first on the road this season, in the top of the first to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead, then the bottom of the first happened.

Colorado starter Chi Chi González walked three and hit a batter while recording just one out before he was removed for José Mujica who came on for his major league debut. It was not one he’ll want to remember. The first batter he faced, Wil Myers, hit a grand slam. When the inning ended Colorado trailed 5-3.

By the time the second inning was over the Padres’ lead had ballooned to 10-3. And when all was said and done San Diego rolled to a 14-5 win on Tuesday night in San Diego.

“So, 3-0, especially after last night, when only one run was scored … and we jump right out against a very good pitcher. We gave Chi Chi an opportunity to go down there and have a shutdown innings. Then things got away from Chi Chi.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said after Tuesday’s loss.

Season finale vs. Padres

Tonight marks not only the final game of the three-game series between Colorado and San Diego, but their final meeting of the season unless they play each other in the playoffs.

Righty Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 3.33 ERA) will get the start for the Rockies against righty Zach Davies (6-2, 2.23 ERA) for the Padres.

Extra bases

The Denver Post’s Kyle Fredrickson wrote about how Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland has had to “fabricate that intensity” while pitching this season sans fans in the stands.

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Broncos’ Von Miller likely out for the season

Broncos linebacker Von Miller is reportedly done for the season after sustaining a “freak injury” to his ankle near the end of the team’s practice on Tuesday.

It is devastating news for both Miller and the Broncos. Miller had undertaken a rigorous offseason training program after he registered only eight sacks last season. The hope was that Miller along with Bradley Chubb, who’s coming off ACL surgery, could anchor the Denver defense and help get the team back into the playoffs this season.

“Last year, I didn’t play to my standards. I didn’t play to the Sack Master’s standards. There was more for me to give. My coaches felt like there was more for me to give. Most of all, I feel like I can give more and I can be more. I don’t feel like I’m finished yet. I wanted to come back here, and I wanted to play the best that I possibly could. I wanted to put everything into the offseason; I wanted to pour everything into myself and go out there and play the best that I possibly could and see what happens.”

Miller said to the media on Aug. 4.

Has Von played his last game for Denver?

It’s hard to believe, but it is possible that Denver’s all-time sacks leader (106) might have played his last game with the Broncos if his season is indeed over.

Next season is the final year on Miller’s current contract and he’ll carry a salary cap hit of $22.125 million, the highest on the team. If Denver were to cut him before June 1 it would create $13.875 million in cap space.

In a perfect world the two sides would work out an extension that keeps Miller in a Broncos uniform for the rest of his career while lessening the cap hit for an aging player coming off a season-ending injury.

What does Denver do now?

With Chubb not fully recovered from his ACL injury last season, the Broncos defense is suddenly in major need of help in the pass rushing front.

With that in mind The Denver Post’s Ryan O’Halloran looked at a few notable free agents they could pursue.

There definitely are some big names out there like, but they’re not spring chickens: Clay Matthews (34 years old), Terrell Suggs (37), Cameron Wake (38) and Ziggy Ansah.

Extra points

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  • In other news The Post’s O’Halloran wrote about why going with a two-tight end set to start the season might be the best approach early in the season for Denver.
  • O’Halloran also wrote about why there could be major changes along the defensive side of the ball next season if 2020 isn’t a major success. Simply put, as O’Halloran said, nine of Denver’s expected starters on defense have expiring contracts or 2021 cap numbers that might not be in line with their production levels.
  • Early in the day on Tuesday it was announced that for Denver’s second home game at Empower Field, Week 3 vs. Tom Brady and Tampa Bay, the team will be able to have 5,700 people in the stands. A lottery will be used to determine the fan who can attend.

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Padres walk off Rockies 1-0 Monday night

Kyle Freeland threw six shutout innings, but it wasn’t enough as the Padres won 1-0 on Jurickson Profar’s walk-off double in the ninth inning Monday night in San Diego. With the loss Colorado is now 20-21 with 19 games left in the season.

As it currently stand the Rockies are on the outside of the playoff race, trailing both the Giants and Marlins, who are both .500.

Freeland returns to form

Freeland, still looking to prove his struggles in 2019 were a one off, was facing San Diego for the third time in the past month and was coming off back-to-back rough starts.

After beginning the season 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA in his first six starts he struggled in his last two outings earning two no decisions despite an ERA of 11.37. As for Monday, Freeland changed up his approach against San Diego.

“It was a different plan of attack. It was the third time I had faced them in the last (few) weeks. In my second start against them, they sort of sat soft on me and I could see that. So we changed up the game plan and got them back off balance throwing with hard action (inside) to get them off the soft stuff away.”

Freeland said.

Rockies manager Bud Black likes what he’s seeing from the Colorado lefty.

“Kyle has that capability to do some things, to change his game, which I think is the mark of a developing young pitcher.”

Black said after the loss.

Extra bases

The Rockies managed seven hits in the game, including two each from Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado.

  • Padres starer Dinelson Lamet threw 7 2/3 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts. It was the deepest he’s pitched in a MLB game in his career.
  • The two teams square off again tonight at 7:10 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet) with Chi Chi González (0-0, 5.00 ERA) starting for Colorado against Mike Clevinger (1-2, 3.14 ERA) going for San Diego. González is taking the place of injured starter Jon Gray, while Clevinger is making his second starter since the Padres traded for the righty.
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Nuggets let Game 3 slip away, trail Clippers 2-1

Leading 97-90 with less than nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter on Monday the clock struck midnight on the Nuggets’ chances for an upset as the Clippers outscored Denver 23-10 the rest of the way to win Game 3 and take a 2-1 series lead.

Guard Jamal Murray knew the Nuggets let the crucial game get away from them, he had this to say afterward:

“We missed a huge opportunity tonight. I think that’s why it’s worse because it was nothing they did. They didn’t do anything to take us out of our game. We just missed shots, turned the ball over, couple defensive lapses and that was the game. We were up the whole game, had them on their heels. Like I said, it was self-inflicted. Those are the tough ones to go back to the hotel with.”

Murray finished with 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting in the game. He also added nine assists and four rebounds.

Jokić comes up big

One of the biggest reasons Denver lead for much of the game was due to the play of All-NBA center Nikola Jokić, who was questionable due to a wrist injury suffered in Game 2.

When all was said and done Jokić finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and eights assists, the only negative was the seven turnovers he was responsible for.

”They’re talented. ‘They’re favorite on paper and everything, have maybe better starting unit, more players, whatever. Coach, whatever. … Today, we didn’t close well. 

Jokić said after Denver’s 113-107 loss.

Tip-ins

Rookie Michael Porter Jr. was another bright spot for Denver. Porter was Denver’s second-leading score with 18 points off the bench to go along with 10 rebounds.

  • The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla wrote how we all know the NBA doesn’t want the Nuggets to win, instead the league is rooting for an all-L.A. Western Conference Finals.
  • TheAthletic.com’s Kendra Andrews wrote about how the Nuggets are left to lament the one that got away after disheartening Game 3 loss.
  • L.A.’s Patrick Beverley was finished $25,000 for verbal abuse of a game official for his actions at the end of Game 2 that earned him two technical fouls and an ejection.

Nuggets-Clippers highlights

Nuggets-Clippers results and schedule

GameResult
Game 1Clippers 120, Nuggets 97Box score
Game 2Nuggets 110, Clippers 101Box score
Game 3Clippers 113, Nuggets 107Box score
Game 4Clippers 96, Nuggets 85Box score
Game 5Nuggets 111, Clippers 105Box score
Game 6Nuggets 111, Clippers 98Box score
Game 7Nuggets 104, Clippers 89Box score
Nuggets win best-of-seven series 4-3

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Nuggets no match for Clippers in Game 1

The Nuggets and Clippers were tied after the first quarter in Thursday night’s opening game of the Western Conference semifinals, from that point on L.A. outscored Denver by 23 and rolled to an easy 120-97 win.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokić struggled on both ends of the floor in the loss as he finished with just 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. While first-round series star Jamal Murray shot 5-for-15 from the field and ended with 12 points, six assist and three boards.

You can say whatever, it’s gonna be true. It was a bad, bad night for us. But we can change, we can be better.”

Jokić said after the loss.

Clippers at full strength

As for the Clippers, Los Angeles head coach Doc Rivers had his entire roster intact for just the 13th time the season and the first since arriving to the NBA bubble.

Guard Patrick Beverley returned after missing the final five games of L.A.’s first-round series against Dallas. Marcus Morris was no longer having to try and keep up with Dallas’ Luka Dončić and stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were in a rhythm early.

“I thought we just locked into our assignments. To be honest, that’s the best we’ve done so far against an opponent. Our attention to detail was great and we followed the game plan … It just took us to lock in tonight and come here and do what we needed to do. There’s no sugar-coating answer or no headline answer. We just locked into what we needed to do, And that was enough for us to play with energy and effort. We just knew what our job was tonight and we executed it.”

George said after the Clippers win in Game 1.

Nuggets fell into L.A.’s trap

According to Nuggets forward Paul Millsap Denver was unable to adjust to the Clippers pressure defense.

“They get up in you, they take you out of the flow of your offense, and they make you take one-on-one or contested shots and we fell right into their trap.”

Millsap said.

Meanwhile, Nuggets coach Michael Malone was much more concerned with the Nuggets inability to guard on the defensive end and for teammates to help out when needed.

“Can we contain one-on-one, and can we guard the paint?. A guy gets beat, where’s our help?”

Malone said.

Nuggets-Clippers Game 1 highlights

Tip-ins

As TheAthletic.com’s Kendra Andrews wrote, after getting blown out in Game 1 the Nuggets need to find answers and energy as well.

  • The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla wrote that there was no defending the way Jokić played in Thursday’s opener.
  • In other NBA news Thursday, Memphis’ Ja Morant was named the Kia Rookie of the Year. Miami’s Kendrick Nunn finished second and New Orleans’ Zion Williamson was third.
    I was a little surprised Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. didn’t even get a single third-place vote, considering players like Eric Paschall (Golden State), Terence Davis II (Toronto) and RJ Barrett (New York) did.

Nuggets-Clippers results and schedule

GameResult
Game 1Clippers 120, Nuggets 97Box score
Game 2Nuggets 110, Clippers 101Box score
Game 3Clippers 113, Nuggets 107Box score
Game 4Clippers 96, Nuggets 85Box score
Game 5Nuggets 111, Clippers 105Box score
Game 6Nuggets 111, Clippers 98Box score
Game 7Nuggets 104, Clippers 89Box score
Nuggets win best-of-seven series 4-3

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Avs-Stars Game 7 today at 2 p.m. on USA

In what can only be described as an embarrassing decision and a slap in the face to both Avalanche and Stars players as well as their fan bases the NHL announced late last night the start time for the teams’ Game 7.

It will be this afternoon at 2 p.m. and the game will be televised on USA, interrupting what was supposed to be a 14-hour “Law and Order: SVU” marathon.

The decision was made when the Vancouver Canucks beat the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of that series to force a Game 7, which will be Friday evening at 7 p.m.

I understand that having both Western Conference series taking place in the same arena is a challenge, but the solution isn’t that difficult. Give Vegas and Vancouver a day off and have Game 7 Saturday.

I’m sure the players were aware of the possibility earlier than we as fans and media were, but still to just find out the game time for the biggest game of your season less than 24 hours in advance is a joke. And for fans to potentially not be able to watch because they have regular jobs and again weren’t given enough advance warning to take the day off is just as bad.

And listen, the channel a game is on shouldn’t really matter, once you’re tuned in it’s all the same. But compare the NBA to the NHL, the Nuggets and Jazz goes seven and it’s on prime time on ABC, while the Avs-Stars series on a Friday afternoon on USA. Just embarrassing.

Avs-Stars series results and schedule

GameResult
Game 1Dallas 5, Colorado 3Box score
Game 2Dallas 5, Colorado 2Box score
Game 3Colorado 6, Dallas 4Box score
Game 4Dallas 5, Colorado 4Box score
Game 5Colorado 6, Dallas 3Box score
Game 6Colorado 4, Dallas 1Box score
Best-of-seven series tied 3-3
DateTime (MT)Home teamTV
Fri., Sept. 42 p.m.ColoradoUSA
All games played at Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta

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Hutchinson, MacKinnon lead Avs to Game 7

Michael Hutchinson stopped 27-of-28 shots and Nathan MacKinnon extended his points streak to 14 games with a goal and an assists as the Avalanche beat the Stars 4-1 Wednesday night to force a Game 7 in the teams’ Western Conference semifinals series.

It marks the first time in Colorado has ever forced a Game 7 after being down 3-1 in a playoff series. Game 7 is scheduled for Friday night, with the time of the game yet to be announced.

“We battled back, had a good second (period) and really locked it down in the third. We were really responsible defensively. No turnovers, and just a solid game from everyone in the lineup.”

MacKinnon said after the Avs’ win.

How the Avs won

Colorado fell behind late in the first period when Dallas’ Miro Heiskanen scored with 2:25 seconds to play. Colorado answered with arguably the biggest goal of the game when Nikita Zadorov scored with only 32 seconds to go, sending the teams into the first intermission locked up at 1-1.

Cale Makar scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal at the 7:48 mark of the second period on assists from Mikko Rantanen and Sam Girard. Makar was crashing the net after a shot attempt by Girard. The rebound came to Rantanen who flip it to Makar. Makar promptly banged the puck off the face mask of Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin and into the net.

Colorado got a big insurance goal early in the third period when MacKinnon delivered a picture-perfect pass over the stick of a Stars defender and Rantanen hammered it past a sprawling Khudobin. MacKinnon scored the final goal late in the period after Dallas had pulled Khudobin for an extra attacker.

Makar makes history

Makar’s goal in the second period gave him 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) so far in the postseason, setting a new record for the most points by a rookie defenseman in the NHL playoffs.

“For these past two games, our mindset has changed. We have a team that’s going to fight until the end.”

Makar said after Game 6

It is obviously a great accomplishment for Makar, but one that’s a little misleading if we’re being honest. Makar played in 10 playoff games last season for Colorado and then 57 regular season games this season. Add in the five-month layoff during the pandemic and simply put it’s hard to consider him a rookie at this point.

Hutchinson saves Avs’ season

As The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla wrote, Hutchinson, Colorado’s third-string goalie, has become the most unlikely of miracle workers in Denver sports since Tim Tebow.

“The whole entire situation … is absurd and surreal.”

Hutchinson said.

Through the first four games of the series Dallas was averaging almost five goals a game. But since Hutchinson replaced Pavel Francouz in net, who had replaced an injured Philipp Grubauer, the Stars have managed just four goals total in Games 5 and 6.

There’s not telling how long the magic will last, but in a year that has seen plenty of disappointments, Hutchinson gives hope to any of us struggling out there. He had this to say when asked if he worried he’d never get his shot:

“Numerous times in my career. My career has been a long journey … There’s always moments when you get sent down that you think you’re never going to play another NHL game.”

Avs history in Game 7s

After being down 3-1 in the series, the Avs have accomplished something just by getting to a winner-take-all game. Now the real challenge becomes winning it.

The Avs are 4-7 in Game 7s since moving from Quebec to Colorado prior to the 1995-96 season, including losing last year to San Jose in Game 7 in the second round last year. In fact Colorado has lost the past four Game 7s its played in. The Avs last Game 7 victory came in the Western Conference semifinals against the Sharks back in 2002.

“In terms of Game 7, it’s my third one. I guess I haven’t won one yet. Looking to change that in a couple days here. Excited for the challenge. It’s going to be the toughest game for us to win.”

MacKinnon had to say after Wednesday night’s game.

Dallas has lost the past three Games 7s it has played in, including in last year’s playoffs. The Stars got bounced in semifinals as well, when St. Louis knocked them off 2-1 in double overtime.

“I mean, we all know what happened last year. We were in this position, a chance to win it in Game 6, on home ice. Technically, you could say tonight was home ice. Game 7, we lost last year. So we have a chance to redeem ourselves. I definitely do think, as an organization, we’ve been trending in the right way, and this is the next step. It’s going to be a big one for us in a couple of days.”

Dallas forward Tyler Seguin said.

Game 6 highlights

Highlights from Colorado’s 4-1 win in Game 6 against the Star

Avalanche-Stars series results and schedule

GameResult
Game 1Dallas 5, Colorado 3Box score
Game 2Dallas 5, Colorado 2Box score
Game 3Colorado 6, Dallas 4Box score
Game 4Dallas 5, Colorado 4Box score
Game 5Colorado 6, Dallas 3Box score
Game 6Colorado 4, Dallas 1Box score
Best-of-seven series tied 3-3
DateTime (MT)Home teamTV
Fri., Sept. 42 p.m.ColoradoUSA
All games played at Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta

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Giants wallop Rockies 23-5 at Coors Field

Alex Dickerson homered three times and drove in six runs as the Giants became the first team in MLB history to have three players with at least six RBIs in the same game as San Francisco routed the Rockies 23-5 on Tuesday night.

“That’s by far the best game I’ve ever had in my life.”

Dickerson said after the game.

Dickerson, who finished the game 5-for-6, nearly had a fourth home run when he drilled a ball off the wall in deep left-center field in the ninth inning. His 16 total bases (three homers, two doubles) tied the Giants franchise record set by Willie Mays back in 1961. And he also became the 15th player in MLB history with five extra-base hits in a game.

“It’s incredible company. The things (Mays) did in his career and everything he means to San Francisco, to even be mentioned in the same breath as him is an incredible honor.”

Dickerson said of his achievement.

Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano joined Dickerson with six RBI games for San Francisco. When all was said and done the Giants finished with 27 hits on the night.

Highlights from the Giants 23-5 beatdown of the Rockies on Tuesday night.

Gray, relievers roughed up

Righty Jon Gray started for the Rockies and lasted just 2 2/3 innings giving up seven runs on nine hits. It didn’t get any better from there as the next four Colorado relievers all gave up at least two runs.

It got so bad that backup catcher Drew Butera came on to pitch in the eighth inning. He actually finished with the best line of anyone for Colorado as he threw 1 2/3 innings and gave up just one run on three hits while striking out one. His scoreless ninth inning was the only inning San Francisco didn’t score in on Tuesday night.

The 23 runs allowed marks the third most in franchise history. The Reds beat Colorado 24-12 in 1999 and the Cubs won 26-7 back in 1995.

As for the 27 hits allowed, that’s tied for the second most allowed by the Rockies. The Reds finished with 28 in their win back in 1999.

Colorado’s starting pitchers were a integral piece of the Rockies’ 11-3 start to the season, but in the past 12 games they have a 7.63 ERA.

“We talked just a few days ago about our starting pitchers leading the National League in quality starts, and you look at the innings pitched and it’s right there with any rotation in baseball. But those guys have to perform to get us into the ballgame. It’s awful hard to claw back like we’ve had to do the last number of games. Starting pitching is critical.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said after Tuesday night’s debacle.

Extra bases

Outfielder Kevin Pillar made his debut for Colorado in the game, he started in center field and went 0-for-3. The Rockies optioned left-handed pitcher Phillip Diehl to the team’s alternate training site to make room for Pillar.

  • The lone bright spot for Colorado in the loss was Garrett Hampson who started at shortstop in place of Trevor Story and went 2-for-4 with two home runs. It was Story’s first game off this season.
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  • The teams finish off their short two-game series this afternoon at 1:10 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet) with Kyle Freeland (2-1, 3.43 ERA) scheduled to start for Colorado against San Francisco’s Logan Webb (2-3, 4.35).

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Nuggets complete historic comeback from 3-1 down vs. Jazz

In a game reminiscent of NBA playoff games from years ago the Nuggets held on to beat the Jazz 80-78 in a defensive battle to complete a historic comeback from down 3-1 in the first round series. Next up for Denver is the Western Conference semifinals against the L.A. Clippers starting Thursday night.

The Nuggets led by as many as 19 points in the game, but the Jazz battled back and the final outcome was determined thanks to Nikola Jokić’s offense and Gary Harris’ defense.

Jokić put the Nuggets ahead 80-78 with a turnaround shot over Utah’s Rudy Gobert with 27 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession Harris knocked the ball away from Donovan Mitchell, the Nuggets streaked up the court with it and then things really got crazy.

Denver simply needed to hold onto the ball and force Utah to foul. Instead Torrey Craig went up for a semi-contested layup and missed. Utah got the rebound, dashed back up the floor with the clock winding down and guard Mike Conley got a good look for three at the buzzer and the ball went half-way down before bouncing out as the Nuggets survived.

Jokić leads the way

While the past three games have been all about Jamal Murray’s exploits on offense, and rightfully so, Tuesday night Jokić led the way for Denver. Denver’s All-NBA center finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds and four assists to go along with the game-winning basket.

“Before the series started, I felt it was going to be an interesting series, but after 3-1, I didn’t think it would be this interesting. … We made a historic night.”

Jokić said after the game.

Making history

With the win Denver became just the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit and rally to win a best-of-seven series, and the first since Cleveland did so in the 2016 NBA Finals against Golden State.

“The locker room was very subdued, very calm. No, of course, it was excitement. We’re the 12th team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit, and our guys should be proud of that, they should be excited. We get to extend our stay.”

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone joked after his team’s thrilling win.

It also marks the first time the Nuggets have won a postseason season series in back-to-back seasons since the 1984-’86 seasons.

Complete Nuggets-Jazz Game 7 highlights

Tip-ins

Denver won despite scoring just 15 points in both the third and fourth quarters. Utah also was held to 15 points in the second quarter. For comparison in Sunday’s Game 6 Murray alone scored 25 points in both the first and second halves.

  • After scoring 50, 42 and 50 points in the previous three games Murray was held to 17 points on 7-for-21 shooting in Game 7. The only other Nuggets player to score in double figures was rookie Michael Porter Jr. who finished with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.
  • Murray did finish with the most points ever for a Nuggets player in a playoff series. His 221 easily bested Jokić’s 190 from last year’s seven-game series against Portland.
  • Mitchell led Utah with 22 points to go with 9 rebounds, but he also turned the ball over 9 times as well. Gobert had a big night too scoring 19 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.
  • The Denver Post’s Sean Keller wrote about Jokić’s brilliant performance, noting that the Joker is one of only four players this century to have at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in every Game 7 he’s played. The other players on the list are: Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan and LeBron James.
  • Mark Kiszla of The Post turned his attention to Denver’s next opponent the Clippers, noting that if the Nuggets thought Utah was tough, the Clippers are something else entirely.
  • At TheAthletic.com Joe Vardon wrote about how it was a Game 7 unlike any other, because it felt like it was OK to lose.
    While Nuggets reporter Kendra Andrews wrote about the Nuggets advancing while playing in their third straight seven game series.
    And Nick Kosmider said that by vanquishing the Game 7 demons from last year’s lost to the Trail Blazers, Denver now gets a valuable test against the Clippers.

Nuggets-Clippers series schedule

GameResult
Game 1Clippers 120, Nuggets 97Box score
Game 2Nuggets 110, Clippers 101Box score
Game 3Clippers 113, Nuggets 107Box score
Game 4Clippers 96, Nuggets 85Box score
Game 5Nuggets 111, Clippers 105Box score
Game 6Nuggets 111, Clippers 98Box score
Game 7Nuggets 104, Clippers 89Box score
Nuggets win best-of-seven series 4-3

Nuggets-Jazz series results

GameResult
Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Game 3Utah 124, Denver 87Box score
Game 4Utah 129, Denver 127Box score
Game 5Denver 117, Utah 107Box score
Game 6Denver 1197, Utah 107Box score
Game 7Denver 80, Utah 78Box score
Nuggets win best-of-seven series tied 4-3

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