Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: While pressure will be on Clippers in Game 7

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Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: While pressure will be on Clippers in Game 7

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic didn't have much to say after Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers as he was still trying to process what had just happened. The Nuggets were on the brink of losing Game 6 and going home but then they overturned a 19-point deficit to beat the Clippers 111-98 and force a Game 7.

Jokic was the main star of the match as he scored a game-high 34 points and also grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out seven assists. In Game 5, the Nuggets recovered from a 16-point deficit to beat the Clippers. "I don't know how we did it, that's an amazing team," Jokic said, per ESPN.

"They are really talented, well coached. They're really scary." A round earlier, the Nuggets recovered from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Utah Jazz. The third-seeded Nuggets are now aiming to do the same against the second-seeded Clippers.

"We don't have pressure," Jokic said. "I think the whole pressure is on them."

Jamal Murray and Mike Malone praise Jokic

Nuggets guard Murray quitting is not in the veins of Nuggets players. "That's the nature of our team," guard Jamal Murray said.

"We can have a bad half and we can come back just as quick." Murray crashed to the floor in the third quarter but he refused to leave his teammates. "It hurt, it hurt a lot. I was going to come out," Murray said.

"But not in Game 6. Not in an elimination game. Not when my team needed me. And they had my back. Everybody's talking about me, but I didn't do nothing. Everybody came in and did their job and more." Murray said the Nuggets did a great job of working their way back into the game but underlined Jokic was the one who deserved most credit.

"He's hitting one-leg step-backs, fading away off one leg with a hand in his face consecutive times, so I'd say he's the best player in the world [tonight]," Murray said of Jokic. "It was a team effort, but Joker definitely carried us throughout the game."

Meanwhile, Nuggets coach Malone said Jokic is someone who never gets desperate. "Nikola is a guy that never gets rattled. He never looks desperate," Malone said. "There's no, 'OK, he looks like he's losing his poise' and now everybody else does.

He's just a picture of calmness, of steadiness, and then he puts the team on his back and makes some of the plays he makes."