Chris Paul’s two foul shots with 17 seconds left sealed the 109-105 come-from-behind win for the Clippers in Denver. Paul and former Nugget Chauncey Billups spearheaded the comeback in the fourth and helped Los Angeles (11-6) gets its second road win of the season.
“As you know, we gotta get better on the road, said Billups, who played with Denver last season before getting shipped to the Knicks midway through the year. “We have to be locked in defensively. Chris hit some major, major baskets at the end. It was a good win for us”
The Clippers were down 10 in the fourth quarter, but went on a 10-point run with shots by the two veterans. The Clippers went up three points late, but Denver’s Nene hit two straight dunks and got the host team up by one with 47 seconds left.
Paul then took control of the game for the Clippers.
He drove to the bucket and missed the shot, but got fouled. He hit both foul shots and put the Clippers up one 105-104 with 35.9 left.
The Nuggets then missed the shot to take the lead, but after Jordan got the rebound, he got fouled and was sent to the free throw line. He missed the first and made the second to put the Clippers up 107-105 with 23 seconds remaining.
Denver (14-6) then one last chance to tie, but Nene got called an offensive foul on a drive to tie the score, and the change of possession gave the ball back to the Clippers with 18.1 left. Paul then got fouled and made two foul shots and Denver missed its last-chance shot to end the game.
Billups finished with 32 points – including six of 12 from the 3-point line – and Paul had 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Blake Griffin added 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Nene led Denver with 18 points and Danilo Gaillineri had 17.
The Clippers return to Staples tomorrow to face Oklahoma City, which is the top team in the Western Conference, play in Utah on Wednesday
Nene hit two straight dunks turned a three-point deficit for Denver to a one-point lead with 47.3 seconds left.