NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Denver
(Monday, January 3rd)
Final Score: LA Clippers 102, Denver 98
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Corey Maggette scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 102-98 win over the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
Elton Brand added 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who used a 14-4 run late in the fourth quarter to key the victory. Rick Brunson added 18 points for Los Angeles, which has won two straight and three of four.
Carmelo Anthony had 21 points and Nene added 20 points and 13 boards for the Nuggets, who have dropped two straight and eight of nine.
With Denver leading 88-84 with 5:50 remaining, the Clippers began their 14-4 burst when Mikki Moore connected on one-of-two free throws. Later, Moore's jump hook with 1:27 left gave Los Angeles the lead for good, 93-92, and Brunson ended the burst with a three and two foul shots.
Moore ended with just three points for the Clippers, who have won six of eight against Denver.
Los Angeles led 33-24 after one quarter and 60-50 heading into halftime. The Nuggets responded in the third, outscoring the Clippers 26-14 to take a two- point lead, 76-74, going into the final 12 minutes.
Bobby Simmons tallied 14 points for LA.
"We showed great composure tonight," said LA head coach Mike Dunleavy. "We were great in the first half, but not so great in the second. They switched to a zone defense in the second half. We did a good job stopping their penetration."
Andre Miller had 17 points for Denver, which was outboarded 49-34.
"It is very difficult to play from behind," said Denver's interim head coach Michael Cooper. "Being outrebounded by 15, you aren't going to win a lot of games."
Denver played without Marcus Camby and Greg Buckner (groin). Camby missed his second straight game with a back strain, while Buckner missed his third consecutive with a groin injury...LA shot 44 percent for the game, while Denver shot 43 percent.
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