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Clippers-Nuggets Game 1

Clipper Sam Cassell, front, pumps his fist after hitting a shot as teammate Cuttino Mobley looks on. (Richard Hartog / LAT)
Clipper Corey Maggette scores under the basket and under Denver Nuggets’ Kenyon Martin in the first half of Game 1 in the First Round of the Western Conference NBA Playoffs. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Clipper Elton Brand, left, swats away a shot by Denver Nugget Kenyon Martin. (Richard Hartog / LAT)
Clipper Cuttino Mobley has a little skip in his step as he celebrates hitting a shot in the first quarter. (Richard Hartog / LAT)
Elton Brand grabs a rebound in a scrum of bodies in the first half. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Elton Brand wants the foul called besides hitting a basket against the Denver Nuggets during first quarter. (Richard Hartog / LAT)
Clipper Zelijko Rebraca gets fouled by Denver Nuggets Kenyon Martin. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Billy Crystal, a fan of the Los Angeles Clippers, jokingly prays as he watches the first half. (Mark J. Terrill / AP)
Chris Kaman hustles for a loose ball out of reach of Denver Nuggets Andre Miller. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Kenyon Martin gets a bit too close to Clipper Elton Brand while going for a steal late in the game. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)