The Clippers outperformed the Denver Nuggets in game 4 Western Semifinals and only needed one more victory to reach the Domain Finals.
Kawhi Leonard continues to show the level of a player who won the Finals MVP title twice. He scored 30 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks to help the Los Angeles Clippers win 96-85 over the Denver Nuggets, thereby raising the total score in the series of the semifinals to 3-1.
Los Angeles proved overwhelming right from the first minutes when entering with a series of 7-1 points. They soon created a gap of up to 17 points when the game was less than 10 minutes away. In the whole match, the Nuggets did not score any points.
However, it is not that Mike Malone’s teachers and students do not know how to make the opponent difficult. Nikola Jokic and his teammates advanced in the late second and early third half, scoring 12 points in a row and equalizing 48-48. But that’s also all they can do.
Awakening after being caught up by the opponent, Doc Rivers teachers and students responded with a 21-5 string and got up with Kawhi Leonard’s performance. The defending Finals MVP scored 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 stealing ball and 1 block in the third half. Clippers enter the fourth half with a 2-digit difference and sometimes even increase to 19 points. Jamal Murray’s late efforts could not help Denver equalize.
Once again the defense of the LA Clippers was highly valued, as they made the Denver Nuggets successfully perform less than 40% of the shots in game 4, broke the 24-second rule three times and resulted in 17 turnovers. Paul George was especially praised for locking Jamal Murray, making the Nuggets defender only 6-15.
Except for Leonard, only Nikola Jokic scored above 20 points this match. He scored 26 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Murray scored 18 points in 44 minutes on the field, while Michael Porter Jr. was. score 15 points from the bench. On the other side of the front line, there are 6 players who score at least 10 points in this match.