Paul George scored 32 points, Kawhi Leonard added 23 along with a big late block, and the dynamic duo helped the Los Angeles Clippers rally to a 113-107 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 3 of their Western Conference in the fourth quarter – Semi-final series on Monday night.
Leonard did a little of everything as he grabbed 14 rebounds and dealt six assists. He also had two blocks, including one late after a Jamal Murray shot on the edge.
Los Angeles takes a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Wednesday.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers called for a time out to calm the Clippers with 8:29 to the left and 97-90. Los Angeles took the lead with a 14: 4 run and took a 104: 101 lead. The Cilppers wouldn't run after again.
Lou Williams sealed the win with a driving layup that extended the lead to six by 2:04 minutes. George turned on a hot night of shooting. He finished 12 of 18 off the floor, including five 3-pointers.
Nikola Jokic had 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Denver, despite a sore right wrist that made him questionable before the game.
The All-Star Center had the pass of the night in the third quarter when he grabbed a ricochet, spun quickly, and sent Jerami Grant a perfect full-seat punch for a dip.
Jokic turned out to be a handful for the Clippers as JaMychal Green, Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell caught early fouls to cover him. Zubac polluted with 4:07 remaining.
Rookie Reserve Michael Porter Jr. finished the race with 18 points for the Nuggets while Murray was held to 14 with 5 of 17 shots.
Denver drove 12 points ahead of the second quarter, 3:34 before half before the Clippers roared back. They closed half with a 12-2 run and did it 59:57 during the break.
Clippers: Clippers G Patrick Beverley was fined $ 25,000 by the league on Monday for verbally abusing a game officer in Game 2. … F Marcus Morris had 12 points.
Nuggets: Denver outperformed the Clippers by a point 58-42 in color. … Grant and Paul Millsap each had 11 points.
Nuggets trainer Michael Malone plays the motivation card “Us vs. The World ”. He felt like his team was written off against Utah after falling 3-1 on the series. He believed that many believed the nuggets would be swept after unilaterally losing Game 1 before bouncing back to win Game 2.
"Nobody gives this team the ability to do many things," said Malone. "We don't care what anyone thinks of us, especially outside of Colorado. It's the belief we have in the locker room. It's been there since day one."
For now, Beverley remains on a minute limit as he heals from a strained left calf. He played just over 12 minutes in Game 1 and 15 minutes in Game 2. He was on the court for more than 20 minutes in Game 3.
"I think every game will hopefully see an upward trend," said Rivers. "It's better than not having him."