The Los Angeles Clippers are just one win away from playing the first Western Conference final in their history. On Wednesday night, they won an important victory in Game 4 against Denver (96-85) and now lead three wins to one in this conference semi-final. The Nuggets were too muzzled in attack (39% shooting and 11 shots less than their opponents) to hope to win. Opposite, Kawhi Leonard was omnipresent with 30 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. As in the first round against Utah, this is the Colorado team led 3-1 in their series. Never has the same franchise managed to go up this gap twice during the same play-offs.
With a solid Nikola Jokic (26 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists), Denver will only have deluded until the start of the third quarter, where, after 8 consecutive points, the Nuggets managed to come back to equality (48 -48). But it was not enough. “We still have confidence in ourselves, we know that we are a resilient team, which knows how to find a path when everyone gives us beaten”, wanted to convince the trainer Michael Malone, on ESPN.
But there was no triumphalism on the Clippers side after this controlled victory that brought them closer to the conference final. “We always have a lot of work ahead of us, Leonard commented on ESPN. We are in the middle of a fight. We were very focused, we had our game plan, we put in the energy we needed from the start and from there we continued on our way. “” Zero reaction, added his trainer, Doc Rivers. We haven’t accomplished anything yet. “