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NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Denver

(Saturday, April 4th)

Final Score: Denver 120, LA Clippers 104

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - J.R. Smith scored a game-high 34 points, as the Denver Nuggets notched their season-high sixth consecutive victory with a 120-104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Carmelo Anthony added 18 points, while Chris Andersen finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for Denver, which has won 11 of 12 overall. The Nuggets had won five in a row on two other occasions this season.

Chauncey Billups had 12 points and nine assists in the win, while Nene ended with 14 points and seven boards. The Nuggets played without forward Kenyon Martin, who suffered a rib injury in Thursday's win over Utah. Smith made 7- of-14 three-point attempts.

"It's just one of those things, like you just feel numb," Smith said of his performance. "Everything you just throw up is hitting nothing but net. My teammates were egging me on, so it was a great feeling."

With the win, Denver strengthened its hold on first place in the Northwest Division. It leads Portland by two games and Utah by 4 1/2, as both the Trail Blazers and Jazz were idle Saturday. Denver is second in the Western Conference standings, and moved to one full game ahead of third-place San Antonio.

Zach Randolph had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost four in a row and seven of eight. DeAndre Jordan ended with 21 points and eight boards off the bench, while Baron Davis added 16 points, eight assists and five rebounds for LA.

"You got to come out and play hard," Randolph said. "Playing a team like this, it's going to be tough. We cut the lead down to 10 one time, they came back, hit a lot of threes. They just had too much firepower for us tonight."

Denver ended the first quarter on an 11-2 run, which Nene began with a pair of baskets. Smith had the final seven Denver points, as the Nuggets assumed a 32-21 lead.

The Nuggets continued to lead by double digits in the second quarter, and went on a 10-2 stretch to end the half. Anthony began the run with a jumper and ended it with a dunk, giving Denver a 66-47 advantage at the break.

Denver held a comfortable lead throughout the third and took a 96-76 lead into the fourth, which the Nuggets cruised through to the finish.

Game Notes

Denver made 53.1 percent of its shots, including 11-of-22 from three-point range...LA shot 46.4 percent from the field...The Clippers held a 43-39 rebounding edge...Andersen had three blocks for the Nuggets...Denver moved to 51-26 this season, already bettering its record from last season (50-32).

04/05 03:05:58 ET

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