Coming back from down three games to one is hard enough, but how about doing so twice in the same postseason. As crazy as this sounds, the Denver Nuggets are just one win away from making this seemingly impossible feat a reality. To put into perspective how difficult it is to come back from down 3-1 in an NBA playoff series, 254 teams have taken a 3-1 lead, and only 12 of those teams ended up losing that series.
After coming back from down 3-1 against the Utah Jazz in the first round, the Nuggets began their second-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Nuggets and Clippers split the first two games of their series, and then the Clippers went on to win the next two. With the Nuggets trailing 3-1 to a very talented Clippers team, almost everyone counted them out, but that would prove to be a big mistake.
In game five, the Nuggets started slow, trailing by 16 at one point in the first half. They were able to cut their deficit a bit, going into halftime down by 12. With their season in jeopardy, the Nuggets came to play in the second half. They cut the Clippers lead down to seven entering the fourth, and then absolutely dominated in the final frame. The Nuggets outscored the Clippers by 13 in the fourth and took game five, 111-105.
Game six was much like game five. The Clippers started strong, leading 63-47 at the half. At the start of the third quarter, the Clippers extended their lead to 19 points, but the Nuggets kept fighting. Thanks to a 17-0 run by the Nuggets in the third, they cut their deficit to two heading into the fourth. With their season on the line, the Nuggets once again dominated in the final 12 minutes, outscoring the Clippers by 15 and closing out game six, 111-98.
The Nuggets will face the Clippers in game seven tonight (9/15/2020) with a chance to make NBA history by being the first team to come back from down three games to one twice in the same playoff run.