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Nuggets edge Jazz 80-78 to complete comeback from 3-1 down and win series

The Nuggets became the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series.
Credit: AP
Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic (15) goes up for a shot as Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert (27) defends during the second half an NBA first round playoff basketball game, Tuesday, Sept. 1,2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Nikola Jokic made the tiebreaking basket with 27 seconds left and the Denver Nuggets advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs by the slimmest of margins. 

Denver beat the Utah Jazz 80-78 in Game 7 on Tuesday night when Mike Conley’s 3-pointer spun out at the buzzer. 

Utah only had the chance because Torrey Craig missed a layup at the other end with about five seconds to go. 

The Nuggets became the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series, but only after they blew a 19-point lead in this game. 

They advanced to face the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals with Game 1 on Thursday night. 

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