The Denver Nuggets gave the surprise in the playoffs of the NBA and eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers against all odds by winning 104 -89 in the seventh game of his series. They thus become finalists in the West where the Lakers await them.
In addition, the Miami Heat achieved their first win against the Boston Celtics, in overtime, in the first game of the Eastern Conference finals.
Surprise of the Nuggets
History repeated itself, the Nuggets, with the Canadian base Jamal Murray and Serbian center Nikola Jokic came back two defeats and after beating the Clippers 104-89 in the decisive seventh game, they ended scoring 4-3 in the best of seven series .
The Nuggets, who will play his first finals since 2009, had Murray as the great figure who contributed 40 points, after scoring 15 of 26 shots from the field, including 6 of 13 3-point attempts, and destroyed the Clippers defense, who for the eighth time (8-0) went without a win in a decisive elimination game.
J okic was once again the most complete player of the game at get a triple-double of 16 points, 22 rebounds -19 defensive-, 13 assists, recovered two balls and put three t apones in 40 minutes.
The Serbian international center set the best team record in playoff games with 22 rebounds and broke his own record from last year, which he shared with former Marcus Camby (19).
Starting power forward Jerami Grant and forward Gary Harris each had 14 points and completed the list of the four Nuggets starters who finished the game with double-digit numbers and allowed coach Michael Malone to have best 49th birthday gift.
Despite the additions of star forward Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers did not reach the conference finals, where they have never been in their history.
Leonard finished with 14 points on 6 of 22 shots, including 2 of 7 3-pointers, grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists, without being the winning factor. The same thing happened to George, who had to settle for just 10 points, after missing 4 of 16 shots from the field, including 2 of 11 from outside the perimeter.
Miami Heat takes advantage in the East
The duel for the Eastern Conference title began this Tuesday with the first game of the best-of-seven series they play the Celtics, third-seeded, against the Heat, who were the ones who were left with the victory by 117-114.
They did it in overtime and after the center Bam Adebayo put a spectacular stopper to the shot of the Celtics' star forward, Jayson Tatum, who could have forced the second extra five minutes.
Before the Slovenian point guard Goran Dragic, with 29 points, and guard Jimmy Butler, led the attack of the Heat and got the baskets that gave him the chance to star in the comeback in the fourth quarter.
Butler's three-point play with 12 seconds left put Miami ahead, Adebayo blocked the attempt Jayson Tatum's dunk in the closing seconds and the Heat took a 1-0 lead in the series.
Point guard Kemba Walker's basket with 23.2 seconds left in overtime put Boston up by one, before Butler made his way to the rim to score while Tatum fouled him.
The Celtics picked Tatum on the next possession and when he was about to score he found Adebayo's plug that was going to decide the victory of the Heat, which ended Boston's streak of seven straight wins in the first game of the playoff series.