The Clippers, who led 3-1 in the semifinals of the Western Conference against Denver, ended up being eliminated at the end of Game 7, September 15, 2020. -

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The long-awaited derby will not take place.

The Clippers, who led 3-1 in the Western Conference semifinals against Denver, eventually cracked.

They lost (104-89) in Game 7, Tuesday night, and will therefore not join the Lakers in the final.

The disillusionment is immense for the other team of Los Angeles, which fails once again to reach the last four of the NBA, whereas it had never been so close in fifty years of existence.

His failure was total.

Offensive, like the 14 and 10 points of stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George authors of an unworthy 10/38 on shots, defensive by letting the opponent enter one shot out of two, and psychological, Doc Rivers not having found the words to revive his players.

Jokic and Murray were up to the task

“We've had so many chances to win in the last three games… You have to give the Nuggets credit.

They continued to play together, while we didn't.

We did not live up to our expectations, ”he lamented.

Opposite, the giant Nikola Jokic managed a triple-double (16 points, 22 rebounds, 13 assists), and Jamal Murray walked on the water (40 points).

They are the ones who allowed the Nuggets to recover their delay of seven points at the start of the third quarter.

Jamal Murray (@ BeMore27) pour in 40 PTS (25 in 1st half) to help the @nuggets win Game 7 and advance to the Western Conference Finals!

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"As soon as they put pressure on us, I understood that we would not succeed," regretted Rivers, conceding an admission of helplessness.

“The Battle of Los Angeles”, announced before the hour, will therefore not take place and it is Denver who will face the Lakers of LeBron James in the Western Conference final from Friday.

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