NBA Game Summary - Denver at LA Clippers
(Tuesday, April 15th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 117, Denver 105
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The second seed is still possible,
The Los Angeles Clippers will not only be without Blake Griffin in their
season finale at Portland, but they'll also need help from the lowly Detroit
Griffin had 24 points, Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists and the
Clippers set the franchise record for wins in their 117-105 triumph over the
Griffin, though, picked up his 16th technical of the season and that triggers
a one-game suspension, which he will have to serve Wednesday.
The technical occurred late in the second quarter when he swung his right arm
while trying to get a ball from Denver's Timofey Mozgov and struck him in the
The only way Griffin will be available Wednesday is if the NBA rescinds the
"I think it will be rescinded ... but I'm not going to play anyway," Griffin
LA needs to win at Portland on Wednesday night, while the 29-52 Pistons have
to beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City for it to earn the two seed. DeAndre
Jordan tallied 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Clippers, whose 57 wins
surpassed the mark set last season.
They've won 20 of their last 24 games.
Kenneth Faried had 21 points and six rebounds and Mozgov supplied 18
points and 11 boards for Denver, which had its three-game winning streak
The Clippers led by as many as 23 in the third quarter, but Denver closed the
frame on a 19-4 run to get back in it. Mozgov, who had seven points during the
surge, capped it with a three-point play to whittle the deficit to 88-80 after
Quincy Miller's runner got Denver within 91-86 with 8:44 to go, but LA
countered with a 10-2 spurt to regain control of the contest. Jamal Crawford's
layup ended the swing and upped the advantage to 101-88 midway through the
Denver never got within less than eight down the stretch.
Griffin and Paul sat out the final quarter.
Earlier, Paul netted six quick points as the Clippers raced out to a 13-0
start. They led 38-26 after one quarter of play and headed into the break with
a 63-46 cushion.
"Their 13-0 run to start the game happened so fast. Maybe I should have called
a timeout. As short-handed as we were, we didn't have enough juice to get over
the hump," Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said.
The Clippers shot 53 percent (44-of-83) from the floor and 37.5 percent (9-
of-24) from beyond the arc ... J.J. Redick had 18 points for Los Angeles ...
Denver shot 42.7 percent (35-of-82) from the field.
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