The good news: the
The bad news -- they didn't feel like it for long enough in their 109-106 loss to the
After trailing at halftime by 16 points, 59-43, the Clippers opened the second half with a 16-0 run to tie the score at 59 with 7 minutes 32 second left in the third quarter. The Nuggets finally scored when
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Nuggets retook the lead, going ahead by as many as nine points. The Clippers then tied the score, 93-93, with 4:40 left. But the Nuggets pulled ahead by seven points with just over a minute left behind the strong play of Gallinari and Wilson Chandler.
The Clippers cut the deficit to three with 12.6 seconds left following a big turnover by the Nuggets and a free throw by Blake Griffin. The Clippers' superstar power forward missed his next free throw attempt -- perhaps purposely -- and in the final seconds,
The teams shot a combined 62 free throws and had a combined 46 personal fouls.
Griffin led the Clippers (18-8) with 32 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Before Friday's game, the Clippers were 6-0 when Griffin scored 30 or more points. Crawford had 20 points and Paul finished with 17 points and 15 assists.
The Nuggets (11-15) snapped their three-game losing streak with the win. They finished with seven players in double figures, including