NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, March 17th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (48-20) at Denver Nuggets (29-37), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will put their 11-game win
streak on the line Monday night when they visit the Pepsi Center to take on
the Denver Nuggets.
The Clippers haven't lost since Feb. 21 in Memphis. They've solidified their
holding on the third seed in the Western Conference and are just three behind
the San Antonio Spurs for conference supremacy.
The 11-game winning streak is the second-longest in Clippers' franchise
history and matched the Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers for the longest in
the NBA this season.
Blake Griffin flirted with a triple-double on his 25th birthday Sunday and his
Clippers rolled to a 102-80 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers from Staples
Griffin finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in the rout,
with Chris Paul tallying 16 points and 15 assists and DeAndre Jordan scoring
15 to go with 11 boards. It was Griffin's 26th straight game with 20 points or
"We moved the ball tonight," said Paul. "A lot of unselfish plays."
Seven Clippers reached double figures in LA's 11th consecutive win. LA
finished with 32 assists on 42 made field-goals.
Matt Barnes, Willie Green, Reggie Bullock and Danny Granger all registered
The Nuggets had a two-game winning streak halted on Saturday night. Denver
polished off a five-game road trip through the south with a 97-92 setback to
the Atlanta Hawks.
Just one night after beating the two-time defending champion Miami Heat,
Denver committed 21 turnovers in the setback. The Nuggets went 2-3 on the
sojourn, but are 4-3 in their last seven.
"When you play on the road, you can't turn the ball over 21 times," said
Nuggets coach Brian Shaw.
Kenneth Faried scored 25 points and Wilson Chandler added 12 for the Nuggets.
Ty Lawson had 11 assists and nine rebounds, but totaled just two points on 0-
of-12 shooting from the field.
J.J. Hickson registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while
Evan Fournier netted 10 points.
The Nuggets trailed by as many as 21 on Saturday, but fought hard. They held
the lead under two minutes to go, but the Hawks scored the game's final six
"Just a case of too little too late. We were real lethargic in the first
half," said Shaw. "We needed to play the way we played that fourth quarter and
the end of the third quarter at the start of the game."
The teams split two meetings this season with the home team prevailing in
both. The Nuggets have won three straight as the host in this series.
03/17 10:25:32 ET
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