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Nuggets call for some ‘respect’ after upending Clippers in Game 7 to complete historic postseason comeback

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It was Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone’s 49th birthday on Tuesday, and before Game 7 against the LA Clippers, center Nikola Jokic told his coach he had the perfect gift in mind. “Coach, I’m going to get you a great present,” he told Malone before the game. “I’m either going to get you home or get you to the Western Conference finals.” With a 104-89 win, making NBA history in the process as the first team to come back twice in one postseason from a 3-1 series deficit, Malone was happy to get the latter. “So proud. All the guys, never got down, believed in each other. Believed in themselves,” Malone said. “In light of all the noise outside this series that we had no chance. We have people guaranteeing it. We found a way to beat a really good team three times. I’ve run out of things to say.”