Nuggets stun Clippers in Game 5 to stave off elimination [Video]


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Sept. 11 (UPI) — The Denver Nuggets overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half to shock the Los Angeles Clippers 111-105 on Friday night in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals series near Orlando, Fla.

The Nuggets — trailing by as much as 16 in the first half — fell behind 61-46 with 9:42 left in the third quarter before rallying behind 35-year-old forward Paul Millsap. The four-time All-Star scored 14 of his 17 points in the third frame to keep the Nuggets afloat in the best-of-seven series.

Denver took its first lead after Nikola Jokic's 3-pointer with 7:06 remaining in the fourth quarter. After Kawhi Leonard sank two free throws to pull the Clippers to within a basket, Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. drilled a key 3-pointer with 1:11 left to keep his team ahead for good.

Jamal Murray finished with a team-best 26 points for the Nuggets, who still trail the Clippers …