Nuggets, Jokic Too Much In Mile High....Clippers Fall

Los Angeles, CA.—After three straight wins against non-playoff teams the Los Angeles Clippers fell to a team considered one of the top teams out West.

The Los Angeles Clippers (24-17) fell to the top seeded Denver Nuggets 121-100 on Thursday night. Nikola Jokic had most to do with it. The 7'0 skilled big man was a problem for Los Angeles all season and Thursday night was no different.

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Los Angeles trailed for most of the game going into the second half down 11 (65-54). Denver had the Clippers down 21 late in the fourth (102-81) and they were never able to get any closer than 16.

They controlled every facet of the game.  

They were a +15 from three, while holding Los Angeles to just 25% (6-24). Outrebounded them 53-38 (15 off.) and had 8 more assist. Teams know how tough it is to win in Denver and last night was a perfect example according to Clippers leading scorers Tobias Harris.  

They just kicked our butt from the beginning," said Harris, who finished with another double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds. "Their intensity and pace, we were kind of on our heels with all night. We've got to respect that especially from a team that's No. 1 in the West."

Denver did not allow a single Clipper to score more than 20 points.  

Lou Williams led Los Angeles with 19 points and a team-high 5 assist. Danilo Gallinari had 18 points (3-6) 3-pt. Gallinari received applause from the crowd when he was announced. He joined the Clippers last season after most of his early NBA tenure in Denver.

 Montrezl Harrell chipped in with 16 points.

Patrick Beverly showed his frustration while Denver was piling it on in the 4th when he was ejected for arguing calls with an official. 

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The Denver Nuggets (28-12) now 17-3 at home, now sit alone atop the Western Conference.

Jokic finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his 21st career triple-double to help extend their home winning streak to 11. 

Another triple-double," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "The guy continues to amaze." He leads the Nuggets in all three major categories: points (19.2), rebounds (10.2), and assist (7.6).

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Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray led all scorers with 23 points who was also the recipient of a fancy pass from Jokic in the 3rd quarter that led to a dunk.

Malik Beasley had 15 and Torrey Craig had 14 and have both played well in place of normal starters Will Barton and Gary Harris who are both recovering from injuries. 

Mason Plumlee was also huge for coach Malone off the bench with 17 points (season-high) and 12 rebounds. Denver will be at Phoenix on Saturday.

Clippers Next Game: Saturday 1/12 vs Detroit Pistons @ 12:30 PT.