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Clippers beat Nuggets 117-105 in LA

The Los Angeles Clippers won their franchise record 57th game against the Denver Nuggets last night, withstanding an admirable Nuggets rally, beating the Powder Blue Crew 117-105 at Staples Center on Tuesday.   The Nuggets trailed by as many as 23 points in the first half but staged another late game rally to make it interesting down the stretch.  The game looked like it would be a blowout early as the Clippers jumped out to a 13-0 lead before the always late arriving LA fans could get to their parking spots, much less their seats.  The Nuggets righted the ship in the third and trailed only 88-80 at the quarter break making this a watchable game for the last 12 minutes.  Blake Griffin anchored the Clippers onslaught with 24 points on the night and he was aided by diminutive point guard Chris Paul who tallied 21 points and 10 assists.  Paul will end the season as the NBA’s leading assist maker as he averages 10.8 a game for the season.  DeAndre Jordan controlled things in the paint for the Clip-Joint by jamming in 13 points and snatching 16 rebound over, around and through the Nuggets Big Men.  The Nuggets were led once again by Kenneth Faried, who did not have huge rebounding night but finished with 21 points and 6 boards.  Aaron Brooks pitched in with 19 and Mozzy kept up his stellar play of late throwing in 18 points to go along with a team high 11 rebounds.   Once again the Nuggs played with only 8 healthy bodies as Forward Darrell Arthur did not play with an unknown ailment.  These two teams are headed in very different directions after tonight’s season finale for both as the Clippers will be headed to the playoffs as the Western Conference 2 or 3 seed depending on the outcome of tonight’s games.  The Nuggets on the other hand played another spirited game despite the early deficit and will be packing for the beach, golf course or Las Vegas after their game against the playoff bound Golden State Warriors at Pepsi Center tonight.  After the Nuggets got their feet under them, this was a fairly entertaining game to watch as the athleticism of both teams shown through for much of the second half.  The Nuggets stayed in the game by making some impressive defensive stops and getting points when they had the opportunity.  The early 23 point margin was just too much to overcome.  The Nuggets fell to 36-45 on the season with an abysmal 14-27 record on the road.  In retrospect, I give this team a bucket load of credit for hanging in these games undermanned and with nothing left to play for.  They have shown me that many of the players they have that are still healthy, take great pride in what they do and intend to play as hard and as well as possible no matter the circumstances.  One thing to note about the game that does not affect the Nuggets is that Clippers Star Power Forward Blake Griffin received his 16th Technical Foul of the year which constitutes and automatic one game suspension from the league.  Thus, Griffin will not be on the floor in Portland tonight when the Clips take on the Trail Blazers.  Continue to get your Nuggets news and notes by following us on Twitter @Nugg_Love.

Tags: Blake Griffin Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Clippers

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