Week Recap: The Clippers kicked off the week with an eleven point victory Monday night in Philadelphia versus the 76ers. With Matt Barnes and JJ Redick out the Clippers couldn’t rely as much on their deep bench. Point Guard Chris Paul had 25 points and 13 assists, while Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 26 points. DeAndre Jordan was a beast on the boards with 21 rebounds. After winning in Philly the Clippers made the trip to Boston for Doc Rivers’ return trip to the city where he led the Celtics to an NBA title. The Celtics, who cleaned house this off-season, have been surprisingly competitive under former Butler University Head Coach Brad Stevens. The Clippers overcame a six point halftime deficit with a strong third and fourth quarter and then held on for the victory. Jamal Crawford was huge off the bench with 21 points including two dagger three pointers towards the end of the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Chris Paul had a near triple-double with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. After losing Thursday night in Brooklyn versus the Nets the Clippers rebounded and wrapped up their east coast swing with a huge Saturday night victory over the Washington Wizards. Chris Paul had one of his best games as a Clipper with 38 points and 12 assists. The Clippers shot 56% as a team.The Week Ahead: The Clippers have a huge week ahead with four games at STAPLES Center, all versus Western Conference foes. Los Angeles kicks off the week Monday night when they welcome in Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs for a key Western Conference matchup. The ageless Spurs are playing solid basketball once again with one of the best records in the NBA. The Clippers then welcome in the New Orleans Hornets and the Denver Nuggets Wednesday and Saturday. The Pelicans, who have a talented young roster, are 11-10 on the season and in the race for the final playoff positions in the West. Clippers Vs Pelicans Tickets begin at $10.00 per ticket. The Nuggets, who many picked to struggle due to the retirement of former coach George Karl and roster changes, have played very good basketball after a slow start and are in the thick of the race in the Western Conference with a 13-9 record. The Nuggets are currently tied with the surprising Sun for sixth place in the conference and Nuggets Vs Clippers Tickets begin at $20.00 per ticket. The Clippers wrap up the week when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at STAPLES Center on Sunday night. Tickets for the Clippers Timberwolves game start at $20.00 a piece. The Clippers had a narrow victory over Kevin Love and the Timberwolves earlier this season.
Danilo Gallinari scored 16 of his 21 points in an 11:09 span during the second and third quarters as the visiting Denver Nuggets outscored the Los Angeles Clippers by 34 points over the final three periods en route to a 112-91 victory Thursday.
Ty Lawson scored 18 points and Arron Afflalo added 15 for the Nuggets (15-7), who snapped a two-game losing streak and turned the tables on Los Angeles’ 109-105 victory at Denver on Sunday.
Blake Griffin scored 18 points and Chris Paul had 15 points and nine assists for the Clippers (13-7), who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Denver outscored Los Angeles 51-24 in a span covering the second quarter and the first 4:13 of the third. Gallinari hit consecutive 3-pointers to open the second half as the Nuggets went on a 16-5 run to take a 70-56 lead.
A pair of 3-pointers by Al Harrington finished a 32-16 third quarter and put Denver ahead 86-67.
The Nuggets led by as many as 26 in the fourth quarter.
Griffin scored eight points and Paul had seven as the Clippers shot 14 for 23 from the field and closed the first quarter with a 14-2 run for a 32-19 lead.
The Nuggets chipped away and fast-break buckets by Lawson and Nene capped a 17-7 run which gave Denver a 49-47 advantage with 2:41 left in the first half.
After a dunk and jumper by Griffin, Denver took the lead for good on a Gallinari 3-pointer, and two free throws by Lawson made it 54-51 at the half.