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Clippers keep the momentum going with 109-104 win over the Denver Nuggets

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LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the LA Clippers recorded their sixth straight win, a 109-104 victory Wednesday night over a Denver Nuggets team they’re battling with for potential playoff position in the western conference. 

Montrezl Harrell added 18 points and eight rebounds in what was the Clippers’ 12th win in 15 games. They’re tied with Golden State for the best record in the league over that 15-game period. 

“We just kept fighting, we didn’t get down on ourselves,” Harrell said. “We gave up a lot of easy points and we were especially getting killed on turnovers, and they were scoring off of our turnovers. We came back [to the locker room] at halftime and we knew what we were doing wrong. We started finding our shot and getting out on the break, and it just started going our way.”

Lou Williams finished with 17 points as his streak of consecutive 20-point games came to an end at 13 games.  Wesley Johnson and Milos Teodosic chipped in with 15 points apiece for the Clippers.

Williams has scored the most points in the NBA (422) since Dec. 22 and has the highest scoring average (30.1 points per game) for players who have played at least ten games during that span.

“We’re just playing hard, I think we only did it in stretches tonight, but we definitely played hard. We talked about [effort] at halftime tonight, cutting down on offensive rebounds, and the turnovers, and just playing hard for the next twenty-four minutes, and I thought we did that.”

The final score may have been satisfactory, but the play for much of the game was sloppy to say the least. The Nuggets committed 21 turnovers and the Clippers finished with 20 giveaways on the night. 

“Especially in the first half, I just didn’t think that we had a lot of juice,” head coach Doc Rivers said. “The second half we got better, the Goon Squad again. We were down 10 and they cut it to two,I thought that was the biggest difference in the game. We didn’t turn the ball over in the second half and we forced turnovers in the second half. That was a great win for us.”

Gary Harris led the Nuggets with 19 and Nikola Jokic finished with 18. Denver has now lost five of their last seven, dropping out of the top-eight in the western conference standings. 

The Clippers’ next home game is Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.
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