Clippers snap 3-game losing streak with 111-94 win at Denver

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers on Tuesday night snapped their three-game losing streak with a 111-94 victory at Denver.

All five Clippers starters scored in double figures with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan leading the way with 18 points apiece. Jordan added 11 rebounds, four blocks and three assists and Griffin had 10 rebounds and four assists.

J.J. Redick scored 16, Chris Paul 15 and Wesley Johnson 11. It was Johnson’s first start of the season. Paul also had 10 assists and three steals.

Jamal Crawford scored 15 off the bench and Josh Smith scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds, doled out two assists, blocked a shot and made a steal in 18 minutes.

The Clippers (7-7), who have struggled from 3-point range this season, shot 40 percent (8 of 20).

Danilo Gallinari led Denver (6-9) with 20 points and 18 rebounds, Nikola Jokic scored 16 and Gary Harris had 14 points.

The Clippers helped hold the Nuggets to 39.7 percent shooting.

The Clippers, once again, were outrebounded – this time 48-43.

The Clippers had only seven turnovers.

J.J. Redick scores 12, Clippers lead 51-45 at halftime at Denver

J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


J.J. Redick scored 12 points in the first half and the Clippers took a 51-45 lead into the halftime break at Denver.

Chris Paul contributed 10 points and five assists for the Clippers, Blake Griffin had seven points and five rebounds and Josh Smith scored eight points and pulled down five rebounds off the bench.

Wesley Johnson started at small forward and scored six points.

Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Nuggets coach Melvin Hunt praises DeAndre Jordan for two clutch free throws

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


DeAndre Jordan has been victim to the hack-a-DJ ploy many coaches use on him because he is such a poor free-throw shooter. Foul Jordan on purpose, and chances are he won’t make more than one of two free throws – often times, he misses both ends.

Jordan, who is making just 39.7 percent of his free throws this season, was 4 of 10 (40 percent) from the line in Monday’s 110-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets. But he made both ends of an opportunity with 2:49 left in the game for a 98-97 Clippers lead. It was the only time Nuggets coach Melvin Hunt utilized hack-a-DJ, and it backfired.

“I tip my hat off to DeAndre,” Hunt said. “He’s such a good competitor. He went out there and made his free throws. That could have been a turning point in the game if he misses those. We were trying everything that we could do. We just came up a little short.”

Jordan finished with 20 points, 21 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Denver coach Brian Shaw talks about Jamal Crawford’s 21 points in 4th

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of Monday’s win over Denver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


Jamal Crawford had all of two points through three quarters Monday against the Denver Nuggets. He finished with 23 as the Clippers rallied for a 102-98 victory at Staples Center.

Denver coach Brian Shaw afterward talked about his team’s failed attempt to corral Crawford, the two-time Sixth-Man of the Year.

“In the fourth quarter I thought we fell asleep a few times when (Crawford) was off the ball and he was able to get some clean looks coming off of picks shooting the ball,” Shaw said. “We stunted at their lesser shooters a couple of times. We rotated over to Matt Barnes, so instead of making him be the one to shoot the ball and finish, he was able to swing it to Crawford a couple of times. That was one of the points of emphasis for us, to try and control Crawford coming off the bench.”

Denver Nuggets outscore Clippers 31-20 in first quarter at Staples Center

Chris Paul

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The Nuggets led the Clippers by as many as 16 points at 31-15 before settling for a 31-20 lead over the Clippers after one quarter.

Hedo Turkoglu hit a 3-point basket with about 20 seconds left in the quarter and then Austin Rivers made a layup with 0.7 seconds left as the Clippers scored the final five points of the quarter.

Chris Paul led the Clippers (30-14) with six points in the quarter, Wilson Chandler had 13 for Denver (18-26).

Clippers can’t get a 3-pointer to fall late, lose 109-106 to Nuggets at Pepsi Center

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin scored 32 points Friday night at Denver/Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


The Clippers had three chances to tie the game with the final seconds winding down Friday night at Denver, but missed 3-point basket attempts by Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Chris Paul resulted in the Clippers losing 109-106 to the Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

The Clippers (18-8) overcame a 16-point halftime deficit of 59-43 to lead 74-71 after three quarters.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 32 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He also grabbed 12 rebounds. Chris Paul scored 17 points with 15 assists, Crawford scored 20 off the bench, Matt Barnes had 16 points and DeAndre Jordan scored 11 and had 14 rebounds with two blocked shots.

The Clippers shot 45.9 percent from the field, but just 16.7 percent (3 of 18) from 3-point range.

Denver (11-15) received 20 points off the bench from Nate Robinson, 16 from Wilson Chandler and 14 points and seven rebounds from Kenneth Faried. Ty Lawson doled out 14 assists to go with his 10 points.