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            === Clippers seek bounce-back effort at Golden State ===
 (Sports  Network)  - The Los  Angeles Clippers won't have  a long time to sulk
 about  their  17-game winning streak  ending, as they  head to Oracle Arena to
 meet the Golden State Warriors.
 The  Clippers' winning ways  came to an end on Tuesday night thanks to a 92-78
 setback in Denver to the Nuggets.
 "We  know  we didn't play  well tonight," Clippers  head coach Vinny Del Negro
 said.  "We  didn't deserve  to  win  because we  didn't  play  hard enough  or
 efficient enough."
 The  Nuggets scored 54  points in the paint and the Clippers did themselves in
 with a poor shooting performance. Los Angeles shot 38.5 percent from the field
 and  only four  Clippers scored in double-figures, led by 12 apiece from Blake
 Griffin and Eric Bledsoe.
 It all added up to the most lopsided loss of the season for the Clippers.
 There's no time for the Clippers to cry about the win streak ending. They head
 to  Golden  State for a  crucial Pacific  Division matchup between the leading
 Clips and the second-place Warriors.
 "We're  not  going to sit and  cry on the plane  and get down or cause this to
 hurt  out  confidence, despite what  people want to  see it do," said Griffin.
 "You're only as good as your last game, so right now people want us to be down
 on ourselves and we've got to pop back up."
 The  Warriors have won three in a row and six of their last eight. They picked
 up  their 20th win  of the season on Friday over the Philadelphia 76ers and it
 marked  the first  time since  the 1980-81  season the  Warriors won  20 games
 before New Year's Day.
 "Bottom  line is, it's been a great year for us - 2012 has been really good to
 us,"  said head coach Mark Jackson. "We will put it behind us and look forward
 to  doing great  things in 2013. I'm  extremely proud of this group. I know it
 sounds like a broken record, but I really believe that bigger things lie ahead
 than what we just accomplished."
 Golden  State's most  recent victory  came Saturday  over the  Boston Celtics,
 101-83.  The Warriors built a 17-point halftime lead, coughed a chunk of it up
 in the third quarter, then won the final frame by nine to win going away.
 Steph  Curry  led the way  with 22  points and nine  assists. David Lee had 20
 points,  five rebounds  and four assists and Harrison Barnes, Jarrett Jack and
 Klay Thompson all reached double-digits.
 "We  did  a great  job of  sharing the basketball,  being unselfish and making
 plays  for one another,"  said Jackson. "We just made good reads coming out of
 our sets. This is a very good defensive team that gets after you."
 The Warriors shot 52.1 percent from the field and registered 21 assists.
 The  Warriors beat  the Clippers, 114-110, on  Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. Prior to
 that victory, these two teams had split the last 12.
 01/02 10:42:26 ET

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