What a victory for the Clippers and what a loss for the Nuggets. It depends on how you look at the game that took place last night at Crypto.com – it takes some getting used to – it was a heroism or a debacle. For the locals it was the first, since they went from being 25 points down to celebrating a suffered victory by 89-85 that undoubtedly represents a morale blow for future battles.
It was a meeting of contrasts. To get a clear idea, Denver was leading 34-59 with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter; that is, by that time the Angelenos had scored 34 points in 29 minutes … To say that it was being a disaster is almost to be generous, but from that moment they were able to reverse the situation to score 55 points in the next 19 minutes. It was a radical change, one that culminated in a comeback that left the Nuggets with a very bad taste in their mouths.
“Probably more important than turnovers is that we have a really good player who we couldn’t pass the ball to. We had a lot of guys who seemed a bit nervous as they increased the pressure. Every time you lose a game in which you led by 25 points in the second half, it’s unacceptable… But if you can’t involve Nikola Jokic in your basketball, that’s a big problem, “says Mike Malone, head coach from Denver.
Despite the technician’s statement, the Serbian center went last night to 21 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists, a great performance that was accompanied by 30 points and 12 rebounds from Aaron Gordon.
Glee at Clippers
It is normal. In a few minutes they went from the biggest sinking to beating a direct rival for the playoffs in the Western Conference. Reggie Jackson, author of 13 points, highlights the team’s fighting capacity in the face of adversity.
“The game was ugly at first and it went on like that for practically three-quarters. We just kept ready, we stayed in it. The team stayed in the fight, maintained confidence, and continued to success. I just got the chance to make a few plays and we were able to stay calm. It was difficult to get it “, says the point guard.
Coffey, in everything
Amir Coffey has been raising his hand for a few games for the Clippers. With the also prolonged absence of Paul George, the third-year player has taken a step forward and last night signed a very complete game with 18 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Without a doubt, it is the positive note of a team that remains close to the playoffs positions with 21-21, a mark that allows them to be only one game away from the sixth classified: Denver with 20-19.
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