Paul Millsap scored 14 of his 17 factors within the third quarter, Michael Porter Jr. made a late 3-pointer and the Denver Nuggets overcame a 15-point, second-half deficit to stun the Los Angeles Clippers 111-105 on Friday evening in Recreation 5.

Denver — down 16 within the first half — trailed 61-46 with 9:42 remaining within the third earlier than rallying behind the 35-year-old Millsap.

The Nuggets took their first lead on Nikola Jokic’s 3-pointer with 7:06 left and prolonged it to eight. After the Clippers pulled inside a basket, Porter hit a deep 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining to all however wrap it up.

Jamal Murray completed with 26 factors, and Jokic added 22 factors and 14 rebounds to assist the Nuggets pull to 3-2 within the best-of-seven collection. Recreation 6 is Sunday.

This marked Denver’s fourth elimination-game win of this post-season, the staff’s most since capturing six win-or-go-home video games through the 1994 playoff run. The Nuggets got here again from a 3-1 deficit to win their first-round collection in opposition to Utah.

Kawhi Leonard scored 36 factors and Paul George added 26 for the Clippers, who’re trying to find the franchise’s first look in a convention finals. They’re 0-6 in video games the place they might clinch a visit to the convention finals.

Millsap and Marcus Morris jawed at one another face-to-face late within the first half and needed to be separated. Morris was given a technical foul.

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