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