The LA Clippers and the Denver Nuggets faced off in a deciding Game 7 to determine who would face the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals. Would we get the "Battle for L.A." matchup we'd all be waiting for?
The Nuggets outscored the Clippers 50-33 after halftime while holding LA's top stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to 2-of-18 shooting in the second half. The 104-89 victory puts Denver in the conference finals for the first time since 2009, when they eventually lost to the Lakers in six games.
After Tuesday's game, NBA stars and celebrities had some interesting thoughts on the Clippers' performance, along with plenty of praise for the performances of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray in the win.
Clippers can't finish the job
The Clippers, armed with arguably the most talented roster in the league, fell to 0-8 all time with a chance to clinch a conference finals berth. While the Clippers ponder their future, their peers let them have it on social media.
The Clippers choked again. 🤦🏾♂️ They choked against Houston in 2015 and they choked tonight against the Denver Nuggets.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 16, 2020
Can't lie, thought it was gonna be an All LA west Finals coming into the season. As a fan, haven't felt robbed like this since we were supposed to get the Cavs/ Lakers final in 09. 😑— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) September 16, 2020
The Clippers have died as a team right in front of us!!— George Karl (@CoachKarl22) September 16, 2020
Team beats talent every time.
Same ole Clippers. A 2nd Round Dynasty. 😂😂🤣 pic.twitter.com/mN8EHjEujk— Ice Cube (@icecube) September 16, 2020
2020 will show you anything can happen. 💯— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) September 16, 2020
Murray, Jokic lead Nuggets to stunning Game 7 win vs. Clippers
Jamal Murray pours in a game-high 40 points and Nikola Jokic tallies a triple-double as the Nuggets overcome a 3-1 deficit and advance to the Western Conference finals.
The Nuggets have won six elimination games this postseason, tied with the 1994 Nuggets for the most in a single postseason in NBA history
Denver Nuggets. Respect once again.— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) September 16, 2020
Nuggets been hooping all playoffs!!— Kev (@KevKnox) September 16, 2020
I know everyone will say this and that about the Clippers but how about just saying that the Nuggets played amazing team basketball and deserved to win #NBAPlayoffs— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) September 16, 2020
Jamal Murray is Captain Canada 🤣🇨🇦— Terrence Ross (@TerrenceRoss) September 16, 2020
NIKOLA JOKIC IS THE BEST BIG MAN IN THE @NBA— Dejounte Murray (@DejounteMurray) September 16, 2020
Jokic: 'Nobody wants us here'
After the Nuggets beat the Clippers in Game 7, Nikola Jokic can't contain his excitement and explains why this Nuggets team will always be special to him.
Lillard, McCollum throw all the shade at Clippers
The Portland Trail Blazers backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum reveled in the Clippers' woes on Tuesday night, while pondering whether some extra vacation space could be carved out for their conference rivals.
My last tweet before I finish this glass. They did vote they ain't wanna play no more. . . But I didn't think they was gonna go out like that 😂— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) September 16, 2020
Ballmer so hot 🤣🤣🤣— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) September 16, 2020
I'll bring the wine 🍷 . Weather nice as ever too https://t.co/oE0d6gPBPy— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) September 16, 2020
Some people are built for it , some aren't. I see you 27 . 15 went crazy too— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) September 16, 2020
Look good to me https://t.co/nw3YU9TKFl— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) September 16, 2020
they cutting up 😂😂😂 https://t.co/MCB8DNlvlF— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) September 16, 2020
CJ go to sleep bro 😂😂😂😂😂😂— Mario Hezonja (@mariohezonja) September 16, 2020