It was another good game for the Western Conference leaders, the Denver Nuggets, who managed to defeat Los Angles Clippers pretty confident, 121-100. This was Denver’s 11th straight win at their Pepsi Center in Colorado.
The guests from LA managed to be ahead only twice during this game, the last time, 1:56 after the tip-off, when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a three-pointer for a 5-3 advantage of the visitors.
Throughout the rest of the contest, the Nuggets were more-less routine and they denied every charge Doc Rivers’ boys performed. They quickly imposed their tempo of play and finished the first period with 12 points of difference, 37-25.
Transition game strong 💪
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With 2:06 until the end of the halftime, Clippers came down to five points, but the home team quickly pulled away,
The same situation happened at the early stage of the third sequence. Tobias Harris scored two-points, for cutting the deficit to 7 buckets, 67-60, but Denver responded with a 10-0 series, which once again led them to a safe distance.
From that moment on, Denver’s lead only grew, having a 17-point lead at the finish of the third period. The Nuggets didn’t want to take their foot off the gas, and they eventually won by a considerable margin.
As always, the leader of the team from Colorado was Nikola Jokic who scored 18 points, along with recording a triple-double, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. The Joker was simply all over the court, and his contribution was unmeasurable.
Jamal Murray had a team-high with 23 points, shooting 10 of 16 from the field, while Torey Craig played another excellent game delivering 14 points, missing only two attempts of his 8 from the field.
Jokic with a full court, one-handed DIME 🚀 pic.twitter.com/SBwfmuAks0
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Mason Plumlee played excellent of the bench posting a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards.
With the Clippers, Danilo Gallinari had 18 points, same as Tobias Harris who also added 11 rebounds.
The guests hit only 6 three-pointers from 24 tries, and were completely outrebounded, 53-38.
Clippers now have 24 wins and 17 losses, but a chance to improve that record, as they now have four straight home games, first one against Detroit this Saturday.
Denver has back-to-back games, at Phoenix first on Saturday, followed by a clash in Colorado against Portland.