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Buzzer-beater from Mike Conley misses, Utah Jazz lose Game 7 against Denver Nuggets 80-78

Utah Jazz’s Mike Conley (10) attempts a shot in the final seconds of the second half of an NBA first round playoff basketball game as Royce O’Neale (23), Denver Nuggets’ Gary Harris, left, Jamal Murray, bottom front and Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, right rear, look on, Tuesday, Sept. 1,2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

SALT LAKE CITY — Game 7 between the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets went down to the final second, as a Mike Conley buzzer-beater missed and the Nuggets won 80-78 to take the series and end the Jazz’s season. Here are three keys from the game.

  • With 17.4 seconds left, the Jazz had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Donovan Mitchell turned the ball over. Torrey Craig missed a layup and Rudy Gobert got the rebound and Mike Conley had a look from 3 for the win, but it missed.
  • After trailing by 19 in the third quarter, Utah rallied back behind Mitchell and Gobert and even took the lead in the fourth quarter but faltered a bit down the stretch.
  • While the game came down to the last second, the Jazz had dug themselves a hole in the first half with a poor effort on both ends of the floor. The Nuggets were also excellent defensively as Utah only had 36 points at halftime and trailed by 14.