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Nuggets take on Red-Hot Clippers in LA

As the season winds to a close, the Denver Nuggets are playing some of their best basketball of the season.  After winning their last 3 games, all in comeback fashion, the Nuggets take on the LA Clippers who have been hot themselves of late.  The Clippers have won 19 of their past 23 games and with a win tonight, can set a franchise record for wins in a season with their 57th.  This would eclipse the mark of 56 wins the team set last year and equal the Nuggets win total from the 2012-2013 season which was also their franchise best.  Leading the way for the Nuggets coming into tonight’s nationally televised contest is Kenneth Faried who comes off of his first 20-20 game of his career.  With his 24 Points and 21 rebounds in the win over the Jazz on Saturday, he became the second youngest Nugget to accomplish the feat at 24 years old,  Only Danny Fortson, who was 23, was younger at the time of his 20-20 breakout.  (Fortson had his 20-20 game in April of 1999)  Other Nuggets that are playing well recently include Guard Randy Foye, Center Timofey Mozgov and Swingman Evan Fournier who helped Faried lead the Nuggets to victory over the Jazz on Saturday.  The Clippers are led by their All Star duo of Chris Paul, who averages a league best 10.7 assists per game, and Blake Griffin, who has really come into his own this season raising his averages to 24.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest.  The game is one of only 2 on the NBA Slate for tonight and will be a national telecast so this will be a good time for the Nuggets to show how well they have been playing lately to a national audience.  The Nuggets lead the season series against the Clippers 2-1, winning both games at Pepsi Center and losing the only contest played at Staples Center this season.  It will be fun to watch Faried battle with Griffin in the post and also to see if the Nuggets “point guard by committee” can slow down the elusive and talented Paul.   With only 2 games left on the season, this will be a great one to get your last Nuggets fix of the season before Wednesday Nights finale puts an end to this dysfunctional an difficult season for the Powder Blue Crew.  This game is not one that a person should bet the ranch on because the teams have played 3 very close games, but I will take a stab at the final score, with the Clippers winning on some late free throws by a 111-107 score over our Nuggets.  Randy Foye will lead the team in scoring with 27 points and Kenneth Faried will be the Manimal on the boards once again, snaring 14 of them on the night.  Follow us and your Denver Nuggets on Twitter @Nugg_Love.

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