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SALT LAKE CITY — A historic first round of the 2020 NBA playoffs between the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets ended as players and viewers alike held their breath as Mike Conley's Hail Mary 3-point shot moved through the air for what felt like an eternity. The ball hits the rim and rolls out. Donovan Mitchell hits the floor.

And just like that a Game 7 where Donovan Mitchell led a rally from a 19-point deficit to a retake the lead for a time was over, with Utah falling to Denver 80-78. The season everyone thought had ended when the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder were sent back to the locker rooms back in March due to Rudy Gobert's COVID-19 diagnosis, is over for Utah for good.

Many have summarized the series as a clash between Mitchell and Jamal Murray, who both posted two 50-point games. But it was Nikola Jokic who hammered the final nail in the Game 7 series finale at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The first-round series started Aug. 17; here's a review of what happened, with statistics, recaps and analysis by Utah Jazz beat writer Ryan Miller (@millerjryan on Twitter).

Take note:

Game 1: Denver Nuggets 135, Utah Jazz 125 (OT)

Game 2: Utah Jazz 124, Denver Nuggets 105

Game 3: Utah Jazz 124, Denver Nuggets 87

Game 4: Utah Jazz 129, Denver Nuggets 127

Game 5: Denver Nuggets 117, Utah Jazz 107

Game 6: Denver Nuggets 119, Utah Jazz 107

Game 7: Denver Nuggets 80, Utah Jazz 78

NBA playoffs: Jazz vs. Nuggets, 1st round

Nuggets win series 4-3

  • Game 1: Nuggets 135, Jazz 125 OT
  • Game 2: Jazz 124, Nuggets 105
  • Game 3: Jazz 124, Nuggets 87
  • Game 4: Jazz 129, Nuggets 127
  • Game 5: Nuggets 117, Jazz 107
  • Game 6: Nuggets 119, Jazz 107
  • Game 7: Nuggets 80, Jazz 78

All games will be played in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

In the bubble

Aug. 13: Jazz 118, Spurs 112 (end of regular season)

Aug. 10: Mavericks 122, Jazz 114

  • A tank job? The Jazz give up 22-point lead against Dallas
  • Record: 43-28 (Bubble: 2-6) | Streak: L3
  • Box score | Leaders: Jazz (Jordan Clarkson, 18 points; Rudy Gobert and Tony Bradley, 5 rebounds; Joe Ingles, 7 assists); Mavericks (Tim Hardaway Jr., 27 points; Boban Marjonovic, 9 rebounds; J.J. Barea, 8 assists)
  • Notes: Jordan Clarkson filled in the starting position for Donovan Mitchell, out with a left lower leg peroneal strain, and led the team with 18 points only playing the first half. No starters played in the second half of the game as it became apparent the Oklahoma City Thunder were going to lose to the Phoenix Suns, dropping the Thunder into a tie for fifth with the Jazz.

Aug. 8: Nuggets 134, Jazz 132 (2OT)

Aug. 7: Spurs 119, Jazz 111

Aug. 5: Jazz 124, Grizzlies 115

Aug. 3: Lakers 116, Jazz 108

Aug. 1: Thunder 110, Jazz 94

July 30: Jazz 106, Pelicans 104

Regular-season standings

Jazz Leaders

Points per game

  • Donovan Mitchell 38.7
  • Mike Conley 22.8
  • Jordan Clarkson 17.8
  • Rudy Gobert 16.5
  • Joe Ingles 9.5

Rebounds per game

  • Rudy Gobert 10.3
  • Royce O'Neale 5.7
  • Donovan Mitchell 4.3
  • Tony Bradley 3.8
  • Jordan Clarkson 3.5

Assists per game

  • Donovan Mitchell 5.5
  • Mike Conley 4.8
  • Joe Ingles 4.7
  • Royce O'Neale 3
  • Jordan Clarkson 2.3

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