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Gordon, Griffin, Jordan Lead Clippers Past Nuggets
Posted By Taylor Smith On Jan 6 2011 @ 11:17 am In Los Angeles Clippers | 1 Comment
They’re not exactly David Robinson and Tim Duncan, but the combination of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan is beginning to look quite formidable for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Griffin notched his 22nd consecutive double-double (22 points, 18 rebounds) as the Clippers snapped the Denver Nuggets’ four-game win streak 106-93 Wednesday night at Staples Center. The 22 straight double-doubles ties a franchise record.
Jordan, in the midst of the most productive stretch of his young NBA career, chipped in 14 points, grabbed 20 rebounds (tying a career-high) and blocked six shots. Nine of his 20 rebounds came on the offensive end. The Nuggets had 10 offensive boards as a team.
Jordan has now blocked 19 shots in the last three games combined.
All five Clippers starters scored in double-figures, and L.A. shot 10-27 from beyond the arc.
Eric Gordon was able to break out of a mini-slump to lead the Clippers with 28 points on 9-20 shooting from the field, including 4-8 from three-point range.
Carmelo Anthony led the way for Denver with 31 points, but took 26 shots to get there.
One of the keys for L.A. was limiting Anthony’s free throw opportunities, which they did fairly well. ‘Melo was 7-9 from the line. In their last meeting, a 109-104 Denver victory, Anthony got to the line 18 times.
Chauncey Billups added 25 for the Nuggets, who dropped to 20-14 on the season. He went 5-8 from three, and 10-11 on free throws.
The win for the Clippers also snapped a four-game losing streak to the Nuggets.
Protecting the ball was huge for the Clippers, as they were able to build a substantial lead by halftime and were able to keep it for the rest of the night. They committed just 12 turnovers, leading to 14 Denver points.
Coming into the game, the Clippers ranked 28th in the league in turnovers.
Los Angeles’ lead looked tenuous at points midway through the fourth quarter, as Denver was able to pull within six with seven minutes remaining.
However, the Clippers responded with consecutive three-pointers from Eric Gordon and Baron Davis, and never looked back.
Davis enjoyed one of his best performances of the season to date, scoring 16 points on 7-13 shooting to go along with eight assists.
Al Harrington returned after a four-game absence for Denver, and he scored three points in 19 minutes off the bench. Backup point guard Ty Lawson left the game midway through the second quarter with a sprained left knee.
The Clippers improved to 11-24 on the season, and will host the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center Sunday afternoon.
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