Kawhi efficient, as Clippers rout Nuggets to take West semis opener

Kawhi efficient, as Clippers rout Nuggets to take West semis opener

The one-two punch of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray was clicking once again, while an uncharacteristically bad game from Kawhi Leonard left the LA Clippers needing more.

The Nuggets were all over Leonard, forcing him to take tough shots. Game 3 will be Monday in the Orlando bubble.

"The big point of emphasis coming out of Game 1 was, as the game wore on, we stood, the ball didn't move, the bodies didn't move".

Despite all those problems, the Clippers managed to make a little noise in the fourth quarter, cutting the Nuggets' lead to just five with several minutes to play.

It's safe to say Game 2 was a good start. The last time he failed to score a field goal in the second half of a playoff game was April 30, 2015.

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Nuggets: Averaging 108.4 points, 41.8 rebounds, 21.9 assists, 5.4 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 46.1% from the field.

BOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Clippers take on the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference second round with a 1-0 lead in the series. The Nuggets' defensive efforts in the paint were impressive across the board, holding the Clippers to 24-of-50 shooting in the paint. Nothing will get the mojo going again like this killer step-back jumper on one of the league's best defenders to seal the game. "I thought we had a physical mindset in the Utah series, ".

Murray carried his team to a win over the Utah Jazz with a score of 119-107 Sunday night, the same day National Basketball Association players reached a deal with owners on social justice initiatives. "They came in very aggressive tonight on both ends, they played well and they won the game".

Nuggets: Denver matched a season-best for any quarter with 44 points in the first.

It's no surprise that Murray's success coincided with a win for the Nuggets. Denver outscored the Clippers 45-27 on 3-pointers.

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