The Clippers‘ run in the bubble ended after they blew a 3-1 series lead against the Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals. While the loss led to Doc Rivers’ departure, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have revenge on their minds as they look to lead Los Angeles past Denver in the final game of a busy NBA Christmas Day slate. After three quarters of action in Denver, it is the Clippers who own a comfortable double-digit lead over the Nuggets.
George and Co. are coming off a win against the Lakers, marking the second straight time they opened their season victorious over their crosstown rivals. George led the way with a dominant 30-point outing, while Leonard added 26 of his own. The Nuggets, meanwhile, dropped a tough overtime loss to the Kings as Nikola Jokic’s 42nd career triple-double (29-15-14) couldn’t lift Denver. Its superstar will try to lead his team into the win column in front of a large Christmas Day audience.