It was crucial that the Nuggets would not let the Clippers pummel them in consecutive games to take a 2-0 lead. He had only been held under 30 points twice - each time tallying 29 points.
But on Saturday, Leonard came down to earth. He also shot an uncharacteristic 4-for-17 (23.5%) from the field, his worst playoff shooting performance since 2015.
Jokic was immaculate from the jump in this one, getting out to a roaring start in the first quarter scoring 15 points on a ideal 3-for-3 from 3-point land to go with eight boards. The Nuggets won the game 110-101.
By the end of the first half, Jokic had a 24-point double-double and Murray had 20 points. Coming into Saturday, LA had the highest scoring offense in the playoffs at 125.7 points per game.
After the game Jokic was asked why he is so patient when he gets the ball.
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Green, who grabbed a postseason career-high 10 rebounds, helped the Clippers outscore Denver by eight points during his 26 minutes on the court.
Will the Nuggets be able to continue to make life tough on Leonard?
Get more from National Basketball Association Add to your favorites to get information about games, news and more. Trailing 103-101 with 0.5 seconds left, the Raptors executed a ideal inbound pass from Kyle Lowry to OG Anunoby, who splashed a 3-pointer for a 104-103 victory.
"Honestly, I thought they just played more aggressive, " Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
Denver's current task could resemble its latest outing, when Nikola Jokic's deuce with 27.8 seconds remaining Tuesday secured an 80-78 victory over Utah, which rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to advance to the second round.
The whole thing was night and day from Game 1, and Murray admitted after the game the team was simply exhausted that night.