The Clippers were eliminated from playoff contention when they lost for the fourth time in their last five games, to the Denver Nuggets, 134-115.
Here are five takeaways from the game:
1. The Clippers simply wilted on defense. The Nuggets shot 62.4% from the field for the game, a season-high for a Clippers opponent.
The Clippers even saw the Nuggets make 41.4% of their three-pointers. The Clippers went to a zone defense at times, but nothing could stop the bleeding.
The Clippers' defense allowed the Nuggets to make 71.4% of their shots in the first, putting L.A. down 11 points. The Clippers' defense allowed the Nuggets to make 54.5% of their shots in the second, putting L.A. down 13 points at one point in the quarter.
The Nuggets opened a 19-point lead at the end of the third quarter to put the game away.
2. Lou Williams opened the game missing his first eight shots but he recovered to go 6-for-15 from the field and two-for-three from three-point range.
He was solid from the free-throw line, making 10 of 12. Williams led the Clippers with 24 points.
3. Tobias Harris had a rough shooting night from the field, missing 13 of his 19 shots. He finished with 16 points and four rebounds. He was a minus-20 in the plus-minus category.
4. Austin Rivers had 10 points and a season-high nine assists, but he was just four-for-11 shooting from the field. Rivers was a minus-19.
5. DeAndre Jordan had a double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds, but he was just two-for-six from the free-throw line. Jordan was a minus-17.