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Nuggets stun Clippers, advance to West finals

For the past 26 years the biggest win in Nuggets’ franchise history was when Denver knocked off the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the 1994 NBA playoffs and Dikembe Mutombo was seen on the floor clutching the ball over his head afterward. It’s safe to say there’s a new No. 1 in town after Denver shocked the Clippers and the basketball world with a 104-89 win Tuesday night.

Denver gets a couple days off before the start of the Western Conference Finals on Friday (7 p.m., TNT) vs. the top-seeded L.A. Lakers.

As for Tuesday, the Nuggets set numerous records with the win, here’s a look at some of them:

  • Denver became the first team ever to come back from 3-1 deficits twice in the same postseason.
  • Became the first team ever to rally from double-digit deficits in three straight games when facing elimination.
  • Tied the record for most wins when facing elimination in one postseason with six. The team they tied? The 1994 Nuggets.
  • Jamal Murray became the first player in history to score 40 points or more in three elimination games in the same postseason after scoring 40 on Tuesday.
  • Nikola Jokić became the first player to record a triple-double in the first three quarters of a Game 7. Jokić finished with 16 points, 22 rebounds and 13 assists.
    He’s also now one of just three players to have multiple Game 7 triple doubles, joining Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo.

That’s what they said

After the win Murray pushed back against all the people who’ve been doubting the Nuggets, saying:

“You got (Shaquille O’Neal), you got Charles (Barkley), I think Zach LoweStephen A. (Smith), all y’all better start giving this team some damn respect. Because we put in the work. We shouldn’t have been down 3-1, but to come back down 3-1 against the Clippers is a big achievement, so it’s fun just to change that narrative.”

Jokić echoed much the same tone, saying:

“Nobody wants us here. Nobody thinks we can do something. We proved ourselves and proved everybody we can do something. … We are just not accepting that somebody’s better than us.”

As for the game itself Murray credited the Nuggets ability to outwork L.A. as the reason for the historic win.

“We’ve got a lot of energy, and we brought it and they didn’t match that. They got who they got. They’ve got a talented squad. They’ve got Doc (Rivers), too. They’ve got assistant coaches who are about to be head coaches. We know what they have, we just outworked them a little bit with our young legs.”

As for Nuggets head coach Michael Malone, he couldn’t be more proud of his players.

“I think this is our sixth straight elimination game. Seventy-one days in the bubble and just to stay together, that commitment, that toughness is — you don’t see that around very often. That speaks to the guys in the locker room and how much they love each other. Just an amazing feeling. …
“So proud. All the guys, never got down, believed in each other. Believed in themselves. In light of all the noise outside this series that we had no chance. We have people guaranteeing it. We found a way to beat a really good team three times. I’ve run out of things to say.”

With one L.A. team down, there’s another one waiting for Denver in the form of the L.A. Lakers led by LeBron James. When asked if he’s worried about the upcoming series, Jokić responded:

“They gotta worry about us, too.”

Highlights: Nuggets 104, Clippers 89

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Nuggets vs. Lakers
Western Conference Finals schedule

GameDateTimeChannel
Game 1Fri. Sept. 187 p.m.TNT
Game 2Sun. Sept. 205:30 p.m.TNT
Game 3Tue. Sept. 227 p.m.TNT
Game 4Thur. Sept. 247 p.m.TNT
*Game 5Sat. Sept. 267 p.m.TNT
*Game 6Mon. Sept. 28TBDTNT
*Game 7Wed. Sept. 30TBDTNT
*If necessary. All games played in NBA bubble in Orlando. All time MT

Nuggets vs. Clippers
Western Conference Semifinals results

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
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Nuggets rally, force Game 7 vs. Clippers

Despite trailing by 19 points in the third quarter the Nuggets rallied on Sunday afternoon in Orlando to beat the Clippers 111-98 and force Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals.

Center Nikola Jokić led Denver with 34 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. He had this to say after the win:

“Maybe this is going to sound weird or funny, but we don’t care. We’re just going to go there and have fun. Coach said in the meeting before ‘don’t forget to have fun’ and in the third and fourth quarters we were having fun. You could see everybody was laughing feeling good because we were playing good, we were playing amazing, so when we play like that the confidence is very high.”

Game 7 set for Tuesday night

On Tuesday night (7 p.m., ESPN) the Nuggets will become the first team in NBA history to play in four straight series that went to Game 7. Last season Denver beat San Antonio in the first round before falling to Portland in the semis.

The Clippers meanwhile are trying to reach the conference finals for the first time in their history. The Lakers are waiting for whichever team is victorious in with Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

Nuggets-Clippers Game 6 highlights

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Nuggets-Clippers schedule and results

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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Porter calls out coaches, teammates after Nuggets’ 96-85 loss Wednesday

The Nuggets lost to the Clippers 96-85 in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night in Orlando, but it’s what happened after the game that quickly became the bigger story.

Denver rookie Michael Porter Jr. scored 15 points in the first half on 5-for-6 shooting, he finished the game with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting. After the game he was asked what he needed to do in the second half to get more involved and here was his response:

“I just didn’t touch the ball. They didn’t do anything differently. … That is up to the playcalling, the coaches and whose hands they want to put the ball in. We kept going to (Nikola Jokić) and (Jamal Murray) and they are two amazing players, but I just think to beat them we need to get more players involved. We have to move the ball a little bit better. We can’t be predictable against that team.”

It didn’t stop there though as Porter went on to say he’s going to talk to the coaches about the plan going forward.

“I think if I am going to be out there on the floor playing a lot of minutes, I think I should voice that. I will probably talk to the coaches and tell them what I see being out there on the floor just letting them know, look, they know what we are doing. We have to swing the ball. We have a lot of players that can play basketball and score, so we have to get some more guys involved.”

Porter said.

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Clippers stifle Denver offense

As for the actual game, Denver was thoroughly shut down as L.A.’s Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverley held Murray to 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting, along with seven assists and four turnovers.

Jokić still had a solid game for the Nuggets, finishing with 26 points and 11 rebounds. But it was no match for Leonard who nearly had a triple double with 30 points, 11 boards and nine assists.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone didn’t mince words either after the game, saying:

“We have to be a hell of a lot better on offense. I have to help our guys more. They’re just dogging and hounding Jamal Murray everywhere. It’s been really hard to get him open for quality looks. … We worked so hard for everything we tried to get, and obviously we’re struggling to make shots right now”

Another comeback in store?

The Nuggets once again are trailing 3-1 in a best-of-seven series, but this Clippers team is on a completely different level than that of the Utah Jazz who the Nuggets rallied to beat in seven games.

Obviously anything is possible, but at this point if the Nuggets can manage to eek out a win in Game 5 and force a Game 6 before bowing out of this year’s NBA playoffs that appears to be the most positive outcome remaining.

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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 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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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
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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

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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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Nuggets-Jazz Game 7 preview

Despite falling behind 3-1 in their best-of-seven series with the Jazz, the Nuggets have battled back to force Game 7 tonight at 6:30 p.m. on ABC. With that in mind here’s a roundup of the best stories to get you ready for tonight’s game.

Murray vs. Mitchell

TheAthletic.com’s John Hollinger wrote about the battle between Denver’s Jamal Murray and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, described as a “shootout for the ages.”

Both have had two 50-point games in the series, becoming just the third and fourth players in NBA history to have multiple 50-point games in the same series. For the Nuggets Murray has scored 142 points in the past three games with just five turnovers total.

Calipari on Murray

During Murray’s one season playing college basketball he played for legendary coach John Calipari, The Denver Post’s Mike Singer talked to the Kentucky coach on what it’s been like watching his former player shine on the biggest of stages.

Among other things he said this about Murray:

“How good can he be? We don’t know yet, because what he’s done is he’s beginning to master his craft. … There’s not one shot that he shoots that he thinks is a bad shot. If he gets it off, it was a good shot. That’s what Jamal is.”

Harris could be the X-factor

At TheDNVR.com Harrison Wind wrote about how Denver guard Gary Harris could be the X-factor in tonight’s elimination game.

Game 6 was the first NBA game Harris had played in since March, but he managed to play 21 points and held Utah’s Jordan Clarkson to just 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

“To welcome him back in an elimination game I think was reassuring to our players. Our guys trust Gary. I trust Gary. He went out there and defended at a high level.”

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said about Harris.

MPJ deserves praise too

TheAthletic’s Kendra Andrews took at a look at what Michael Porter Jr.’s rookie season has been like through the eyes of those who have taught him.

While The Post’s Sean Keller wrote that while Murray is clearly the Nuggets postseason MVP, both Porter and Harris deserve game balls too.

Chance to make some money

And lastly, on the sports betting side of things, DraftKings is offering fans a chance to bet on the Nuggets and profit based on how many points Murray scores tonight.

The Game 7 scoring special goes like this: Place at $27 or larger wager on the Nuggets moneyline tonight and you get $1 towards a free bet for every point Murray scores. So if Murray scores 40 points you’d get a $40 free bet.

As for the moneyline bet, if you bet $27 and the Nuggets win you’d get $51.84 back, plus however much money for the free bet based on Murray’s point total.

Whether the Nuggets win or lose you’ll get the free bet portion of the special.

Nuggets-Jazz series results and schedule

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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Murray scores 50 again as Nuggets win, force Game 7 vs. Jazz

For the second time in this postseason Jamal Murray scored 50 points and for the second game in a row it was Murray who keep the Nuggets season alive as Denver beat Utah 119-107 on Sunday night to force a Game 7 on Tuesday night (6:30 p.m., ABC).

Immediately after another historic performance Murray didn’t want to talk about himself though, instead he focused on the fight for social justice and change while speaking with TNT on the court.

“I play with a lot of heart, play with a lot of passion. And when you’re fighting for something, it means a whole lot more. And we’ve been fighting this fight for a long time, and we’re tired of being tired. It’s an emotional thing because it’s not just me. … It’s lives. It’s not … it’s your life. Imagine losing your life. I don’t know what else to say. Imagine a father losing their life while they have kids. Imagine a father, a son, a brother getting shot seven times in front of their kids. Imagine that.”

Murray said after Sunday night’s Game 6 vs. the Jazz

Murray has been wearing custom-made Adidas shoes with the likenesses of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor during the series and on Saturday he placed the shoes in front of the camera before his scheduled interview for two minutes before he came on and answered questions.

Historic performance

Murray took just 24 shots en route to his second 50-point game of the series, making 17 of them, including going 9-for-12 from three-point range. In the process here’s a list of some of the elite company he joined in various ways:

  • Only the third player to score 50 points in an elimination game joining Wilt Chamberlain and Sleepy Floyd.
  • Joined Michael Jordan as only players to have three straight 40-point, 5-rebound, 5-assists games in the playoffs.
  • First player since Jordan in 1993 to have 40 points in three straight playoff games.

His coach Michael Malone had this to say about him after the game:

“I’ve been blessed to have been around some great players in this game — LeBron (James), CP (Chris Paul), Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, but I’ve never seen a guy go 50, 42 and 50 — and two of those games being elimination games.

Jazz let one slip away

As for Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, who scored 44 points in the loss, he thinks the Jazz let Game 6 get away from them.

“We’re just pissed off because that was a winnable game. No one’s down at all. We got one more game. Jamal’s been playing out of his mind. (Nikola) Jokic has been playing great. We just need to find a way to execute. We’ve done it three times. We can do it a fourth.”

Mitchell said after the game.

Game 7 experience

The Nuggets should be used to Game 7s at this point, Tuesday will mark the third straight series the Nuggets have played that went the distance. In last year’s postseason Denver beat San Antonio in Game 7 in the first round before losing to Portland in Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals. Both games were at Pepsi Center.

Tip-ins

The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla wrote about Murray’s 50-point performance in the midst of him grieving for Black lives lost and how it helped to lift the spirit of our city that is need of a reason to smile right now.

Nuggets-Jazz series results and schedule

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
Best-of-seven series tied 3-3
DateTime (MT)Channels
Tue., Sept. 16:30 p.m.ABC
*If necessary, all games played on neutral court in Orlando

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Nuggets-Jazz Game 6 set for Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Game 6 of the Nuggets-Jazz series, which was postponed on Thursday as the NBA and its players protested racial injustice, has been rescheduled for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. MST. It will be televised on TNT and Altitude.

The Nuggets must win in order to force a Game 7, which as of yet has not be scheduled. Presumably it either would take place on Monday or more likely Tuesday.

Players, league release statement

Along with resuming the NBA playoffs beginning Saturday, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following joint statement today:

“We had a candid, impassioned and productive conversation yesterday between NBA players, coaches and team governors regarding next steps to further our collective efforts and actions in support of social justice and racial equality.  Among others, the attendees included player and team representatives of all 13 teams in Orlando.  All parties agreed to resume NBA playoff games on Saturday, Aug. 29 with the understanding that the league together with the players will work to enact the following commitments:

1. The NBA and its players have agreed to immediately establish a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and governors, that will be focused on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.

2. In every city where the league franchise owns and controls the arena property, team governors will continue to work with local elections officials to convert the facility into a voting location for the 2020 general election to allow for a safe in-person voting option for communities vulnerable to COVID.  If a deadline has passed, team governors will work with local elections officials to find another election-related use for the facility, including but not limited to voter registration and ballot receiving boards.

3. The league will work with the players and our network partners to create and include advertising spots in each NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness around voter access and opportunity.

“These commitments follow months of close collaboration around designing a safe and healthy environment to restart the NBA season, providing a platform to promote social justice, as well as creating an NBA Foundation focused on economic empowerment in the Black community.

“We look forward to the resumption of the playoffs and continuing to work together — in Orlando and in all NBA team markets — to push for meaningful and sustainable change.”

Nuggets-Jazz playoff results and schedule

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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Nuggets-Jazz game Thursday postponed

The NBA postponed all playoff games scheduled for Thursday, which includes Game 6 of the Nuggets-Jazz series which was scheduled to tipoff at 2 p.m.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the NBA players have decided to resume the playoffs at some point, although a schedule going forward has yet to be announced.

On Wednesday the Milwaukee Bucks led a protest that resulted in the three NBA games scheduled for Wednesday to be postponed.

Other sports followed suit to various degrees on Wednesday. All three WNBA games were postponed. Three MLB games were postponed and are being made up as double-headers today, while Rockies outfielder Matt Kemp choose to sit out Colorado’s game against Arizona. And in the MLS five of the six scheduled matches were postponed. The one match that did take place between Orlando and Nashville started before players around the league were able to formalize a plan for the remaining games Wednesday.

Nuggets-Jazz results and schedule

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
Jazz lead best-of-seven series 3-2
DateTime (MT)Channels
TBDTBDTBD, Altitude
*TBDTBDTBD, Altitude
*If necessary, all games played on neutral court in Orlando

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