2/28/20 LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Clippers with a record of (39-19) knew they were going to have their hands full against one of the top offensive teams in the NBA, the Denver Nuggets at the Staple Center with a record of (40-18).
In the first quarter, Paul George had scored six points with the Clippers leading the Nuggets14-4, and Denver's head coach Michael Malone called a timeout. The Nuggets responded with an 8-0 run to cut into the Clippers 14-12 lead after a basket by Nikola Jokic.
The Clippers were leading 24-14 after Montrezl Harrell made a jump shot. Moments later, Reggie Jackson, the newest member of the Clippers had scored back-to-back baskets, forcing Denver to use another timeout. The Clippers led at the end of the quarter 37-27.
Lou Williams nailed a three-pointer, which helped increase the Clippers' lead to 51-38 with 7:17 left in the second quarter. The Nuggets were trying to stay within striking distance, but the Clippers closed out the quarter leading the Nuggets at the end of the first half 66-56.
Nikola Jokic from the Denver Nuggets lead all players in scoring at halftime with15 points, followed by Jerami Grant14 points, and the Clippers' Leonard and Harrell both with12 points, and George11points. The Nuggets shot 47.8% from the floor, making 22 of their 46 shots, and the Clippers 53.1% from the floor made 26 of their 49 shots.
In the third quarter, the Clippers led by sixteen-points 86-70 with 4:06 left in the quarter. The Clippers closed out the quarter with a 12-9 run leading the Nuggets 98-79 with Leonard and George both with 19 points.
The Clippers were simply the dominant team tonight, showing signs of being a championship contender, and "Doc Rivers" with the luxury of having the deepest, and most talented bench in the NBA, playing better basketball after a slow start after the All-Star break.
“The one thing this team doesn't lack is confidence,” Rivers said. “Even when we weren’t playing well. But it helps to start doing it. Then everyone sees what you’re capable of, and it takes you to another level.”
The Clippers were up by thirty-one points 124-93 after a reverse layup by McGruder with 1:53 left in the game and went on to defeat the Nuggets 132-103 to improve their record to (40-19).
The Clippers had seven players scoring in double figures, George 24 points, Leonard19 points, Harrell18 points, Williams 17 points, Shamet12 points, and Jackson and Zubac both with 10 points. Jokic led the Nuggets in scoring with 21 points, Grant 20 points, and Barton 18 points.
The win over the Nuggets was very impressive and huge for the Clippers to prove that they can play with any of the best teams in the league, and a very happy Lou Williams with the victory.
“It was a big win,” Williams said. “I think it was important for us to get that game. We’ve got a lot of challenges coming up, and it was important to start with this one.”
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