Paul Millsap scored 14 of his 17 points in a pivotal third quarter, Michael Porter Jr. knocked down a late 3-pointer and the Denver Nuggets stormed back from a 15-point, second-half deficit to stun the Los Angeles Clippers 111-105 in Game 5.
Denver trailed 61-46 with 9:42 remaining in the third before the 35-year-old Millsap led a comeback. The Nuggets took their first lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Nikola Jokic with 7:06 left and extended it to as many as eight.
After the Clippers pulled back to within a basket, Porter hit a deep 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining to all but wrap it up. Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and Paul George added 26 for the Clippers. They’re searching for the franchise’s first appearance in a conference finals.