The Clips have taken a 55-39 lead into the halftime break
LA has certainly established an inside presence with Blake Griffin scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds already and center Chris Kaman putting in 18 points.
The Clippers have shot over 50% from the field in the first half compared to the Jazz shooting a paltry 37%.
The Clippers came out aggressive against the Jazz and lead Utah 35-22 at the end of the first.
Blake Griffin has 13 points and seven rebounds already while Ryan Gomes and Chris Kaman have eight points apiece. Blake is all over the court.
LA is shooting at a 61% pace already with the combination of Kaman and Griffin only missing one shot together.
With 5 minutes left in the first quarter, Ryan Gomes 3-pt play put the Clippers up by 11, 23-12.
The Clippers couldn’t overcome a dominant third quarter by the Nuggets and suffered their fifth loss of the season 111-104.
LA (1-5) outscored Denver (3-2) in two of the four quarters – including the fourth – but were outscored
29-17 in the third, led my Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony finished the game with 30 points, six assists and five rebounds and Aron Afflalo added 16 points and Al Harrington had 18 off the bench to lead Denver
Blake Griffin got his third double-double of the season with 26 points (on 11-18 shooting) and 10 rebounds to lead the Clippers while Eric Gordon had 21 points and Eric Bledsoe added 12 from the starting five and Craig Smith and Rasual Butler scored 18 and 12 respectively from the bench.
LA plays at Utah on Saturday.
The Nuggets outscored LA 29-17 in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead going into the fourth.
Carmelo and Chauncey Billups led the charge in the third and lead their team with 22 and 12 points respectively for the game.
Denver has outscored the Clippers 21-7 since late in the first quarter and have an 11-7 advantage in scoring in the third
Clippers finish the first half with the slight 54-53 lead. Blake Griffin almost had a put back on an alley-oop inbounds pass with one second left, but he missed it as time expired.
Griffin leads LA with 13 first half points and six rebounds, while Rasual Butler has 12 as the sixth man and Craig Smith has 9 off the bench.
Carmelo Anthony leads all scorers with 14 points for Denver.
The Clippers are shooting a .478 field goal percentage, although Chris Kaman is a cold 3 for 11. The Nuggets are keeping it close, going 20-42 from the field.
Carmelo Anthony’s two free throws in the last two seconds cut the Clipper lead to 28-24 at the end of the first.
Blake Griffin has eight points and four rebounds already for LA and Rasual Butler has seven coming off the bench.
The Clippers are looking for their second straight win their first matchup in a four-game road trip.
Davis may not go on the four-game road now because of a cyst behind his knee.
He missed his second consecutive game Wednesday in the Clippers first win of the season because of the injury and he most likely won’t be with the team on the road trip that starts tomorrow. The trip includes games at Denver, at Utah, at New Orleans and at San Antonio before the Clippers come home to play Detroit on the 12th.
Eric Bledsoe has started in Davis’s place in the last two games, scoring nine against San Antonio and contributing 17 points and eight assists in the win against Oklahoma City.
“We’re kind of just throwing him in there so I want to make sure I keep his confidence up, his aggressiveness up, so he can work through the mistakes as he goes through them,” Del Negro said of Bledsoe.
“It’s a growth period for him. It’s kind of a difficult situation for him a little bit, but it’s also a great situation and he’s handling it well. I expect him to play hard and get us into our sets when we need to, but obviously we’re not as versatile with what we could do in having a lot of young guys out there.”
After starting the season 0-4, the Clippers – along with new Head Coach Vinny Del Negro – won their first game of the season against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center.
In the first four games, LA (1-4) shot dismally, but turned it around this time while concurrently, the Thunder (2-2) went 34-90 from the field and 4-26 from the three-point line in tonight’s loss.
The one-two-three punch for the Clippers was a third-year player, a rookie and a technical rookie. Eric Gordon led all scorers with 27 points while Eric Bledsoe – starting in favor of the injured Baron Davis – had 17 points and eight assists and Blake Griffin, who missed all of last year due to injury, had 18 points and nine rebounds.
Kevin Durant had a terrible night shooting for Oklahoma City, which has now lost its last two games. Durant went 6-of-24 from the field and 0-10 from 3-pt land and finished with 16 points. Jeff Green led the Thunder with 19 points and Russell Westbrook added 16.
The Clippers will next play at Denver on Friday while Oklahoma City plays at Portland tomorrow.