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Clippers 91, Nuggets 122: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Los Angeles Clippers (21-19) play against the Denver Nuggets (13-13) at Ball Arena

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Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Thursday January 5, 2023

Los Angeles Clippers 91, Denver Nuggets 122 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
My question to Kawhi was: “Do you think there’s any chance that you will be able to play on both games of a back-to-back at any point this season?”
Kawhi: “Yeah, for sure. Trying to establish games with me hitting those high 30 min. marks… (cont.’d)” – 1:41 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi: “Nobody wants to lose by that amount of points… I feel like these are the times where we need to be in there and dig ourselves out those holes and learn what we’re doing instead of flipping the page and going to the next game.” – 1:36 AM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
GOODNIGHT, WUGGETS WATION 👨 pic.twitter.com/ZRe7a6SN1x1:35 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi: “We have to play harder, play faster, with some urgency, really. Us not making shots tonight beat us and put us in a hole. But it shows us where we need to get better at, for sure.” – 1:34 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Postgame, Kawhi said that he would like to at some point play both ends of a back-to-back toward a goal of “trying to establish games with me hitting those high 30-minute marks.” Didn’t sound, to me anyway, like tomorrow would be that first B2B. – 1:34 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi Leonard said he felt better today than he did Monday when he missed the Heat game. Said he couldn’t get out of bed due to flu-like symptoms. – 1:32 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
After tonight, Clippers are 1-5 against the five teams above them in the West.
And they’re 2-5 against the teams ranked in the 7-10 Play-In range.
They have yet to play #2 Grizzlies this season, the only West team to sweep them last season. – 1:25 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Vlatko Cancar THREW IT DOWN with no hesitation 🔨
🎥 @NBATV pic.twitter.com/eKjrPkfBKr1:19 AM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
“Life and basketball, you have to celebrate the moments”
Coach post-game 🎙 pic.twitter.com/S71YcsnZr61:15 AM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
“Don’t be bored with success. Don’t be satisfied.”
Coach on tonight’s game 🎙 pic.twitter.com/cdfwEPb0mv1:11 AM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
A lot of what has hurt the Clippers has been beyond their control — injuries at the top of the list. But what that LAC can control do they need to improve on?
Kawhi: “Play harder, play faster, play smarter, move the basketball. It’s a lot of hero basketball going on.” – 1:09 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi Leonard tonight said that he’s open to playing both ends of back to backs at some point. That’s a goal of his. Don’t think it happens tomorrow.
Also mentioned Clippers have to play harder and faster. And that there was some “hero ball” tonight.
Full quote momentarily – 12:57 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Vlatko Cancar on Michael Porter Jr. winning the DPOG Chain: “People think he cannot play defense. He can play defense.” – 12:51 AM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Here is another angle of the potential meme of the year pic.twitter.com/wLlRwApVCw12:48 AM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Jamal Murray on where he feels like he’s at right now:
“I feel great. I’m just excited. When I went into rehab, the first couple months were really hard. You know that [the return] is going to be the real fun part, just experimenting. getting back to doing what you need to do.” – 12:45 AM
Janis Carr @janiscarr
Corey Magette said you don’t want to be slipping and slipping down the standings. Are the Clippers listening? – 12:40 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Jamal Murray postgame: “I’ll play tomorrow.” – 12:35 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Jamal Murray: “I’m gonna play (tomorrow).” – 12:35 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Lue mentioned multiple times after tonight’s game that Nuggets come to LA again next Friday and that it will have to be a time where Clippers “show what they’re made of” after getting spanked tonight.
Nuggets have beaten Clippers 7 out of 9 times since bubble. – 12:33 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ty Lue noted these teams will play again next week and said this game will show what the Clippers are made of moving forward. – 12:27 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone postgame: Michael Porter Jr. was our Defensive Player of the Game. KCP fell out of his chair.” – 12:26 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone said MPJ was the DPOG and that when he announced that to the team, KCP nearly fell out of his chair. – 12:26 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Michael Malone: “Life and basketball … you have to celebrate the moments.”
MPJ won DPOG award tonight. Malone said KCP “fell out of his chair.” – 12:25 AM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Michael Malone reverses course from pregame and says Jamal Murray has a chance to play against Cleveland tomorrow. Murray played just 21:21 tonight. Sounds like they’ll check in and see how he feels tomorrow morning. – 12:23 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Analysis: Clippers lost – 12:22 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Asked Malone whether Jamal Murray might be able to play tomorrow vs. Cleveland.
“I do.” – 12:22 AM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Final stats from tonight home w pic.twitter.com/2zaFk4MXiQ12:19 AM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
This was not just an off night for the Clippers. The Nuggets buried the Los Angeles Clippers to the point of giving up. – 12:16 AM
Mark Followill @MFollowill
Enjoyed that the outstanding statistician Tom Collins got some face time on TNT! He was the dude sitting next to Fratello & doing his usual gig, stats for visiting TV in Denver. Although he didn’t get his props on TNT, I can say he’s one of the best road stat guys in the league! – 12:15 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Nuggets this season:
— 1st in 3P%
— 1st in the West
— 2nd in offensive rating
— 2nd in APG
— 2nd in FG%
— 2nd in total wins
+1000 @PointsBetUSA to win it all. pic.twitter.com/HS5PM0w7Sp12:10 AM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Final rotations for the Nuggets as they smash the Clippers 122-91:
-Murray: 18 points, 13 in 1Q got the ball rolling
-Bruce: 9-6-3-2-2
-7 Nuggets in double figures, 2 others with 9 points
-MUNDER
-First Nuggets win of 30+ this year pic.twitter.com/sdp3O4VE1Q12:10 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Denver beats Clippers 122-91. Worst loss of season for Clippers by 4 points. 2nd-worst 3-point shooting game (5/37, 13.5%) in franchise history, min. 30 attempts.
Ties season-high 4 straight losses for Clippers. They will got to Minnesota Friday, their 4th time zone in 7 days. – 12:10 AM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Absolutely dominant win by Denver. This game was over at halftime. – 12:10 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Final: Denver 122, Clippers 91 – 12:10 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets hang on 122-91 for Denver’s biggest win of the season. (Previous best was 25-point win).
Denver improves to 25-13 … and 15-3 (!) at home. – 12:10 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Final score:
122 — Nuggets
91 — Clippers
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both played. pic.twitter.com/acvz6xNIKN12:09 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi Leonard only played in the first half, and it was the worst +/- he had in any half as a Clipper (-24), regular or postseason.
Previous worst was a -23 in second half of a December 2019 game vs Jazz. – 12:06 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Merciful timeout with 3:15 left.
Denver leads 118-80. Clippers will be hard pressed to avoid their first 30-point loss of the season. – 12:01 AM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
CB added a little somethin’ extra to that slam pic.twitter.com/wsr65xGZHe12:01 AM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
hahahahahah Jokic ended up shooting 4-8 from the field so the 50% or better streak will continue @Harrison Wind11:57 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Zeke Nnaji has done such a great job of utilizing all of the extra strength he’s added. That’s not an easy thing to do. He was a finesse big his rookie season. He takes it up strong every time, finishes through contact and doesn’t avoid contact. – 11:56 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Between Celtics-Mavs and Nuggets-Clippers, poor TNT viewers got a couple of bow-wow games. – 11:54 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
What do we think of the Nnaji-Cancar front court, Nuggets fans? – 11:53 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Jason Preston hits a corner 3, giving the Clippers exactly one (1) in each quarter tonight.
Michael Malone has seen enough and calls timeout with 8:43 left to play.
Denver up 106-70. – 11:47 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jokic tonight:
12 PTS
6 REB
9 AST
+18
He only had to play 24 minutes. pic.twitter.com/XKurtDlzAU11:46 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Bones is about to do some absolute ludicrous stuff lol – 11:44 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
One more
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/2oYRXV4NBn11:43 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
It is easy to sum this game up to the Clippers letting go of the rope quickly and things getting bad fast, but I think this has more to do with Denver punching first and not relenting than the Clippers folding.
It was Denver who cornered them and forced them to break. – 11:43 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
I’ve been imploring Nuggets fans to stick with Bones through his December slump. The bench had some figuring out to do. Probably still does. But when he is good and the bench is good, the Nuggets win BIG. – 11:42 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
3-point shooting tonight in Denver through 3 quarters
Clippers: 3/31
Jamal Murray: 4/5 – 11:41 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic’s streak of shooting 50% or better from the field stays intact. He’ll finish 4-8 tonight. – 11:41 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Denver leads Clippers 102-59 at the end of 3. Michael Malone’s Nuggets blew a 25-point lead in LA last January. There was no way he was letting that repeat.
Exits are already being populated at Ball Arena. Clippers playing to make sure they don’t break futility records. – 11:40 PM
Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
The altitude has nothing to do with why the Nuggets kicked the Clippers ass tonight. They’ve been spanking everything team that step foot in that arena and that’s because they are the BEST TEAM in the Western Conference. Carry the hell on… – 11:40 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Bones is a cool +32 on the evening. – 11:39 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
End of the third quarter and the Clippers have scored 59 genuine NBA points to the Nuggets’ 102. – 11:38 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The Nuggets are up by 44 at the end of the 3rd so it looks like the starters will get a nice long rest before taking on the Cavaliers tomorrow night for the second night of a back-to-back.
Denver leads 102-59 over the Clippers after 3 quarters and this is just a demolition. – 11:37 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone has indeed found minutes for Christian Braun. He enters with Denver up 102-59. – 11:37 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
This game has turned into Bones Hyland’s personal Ballislife highlight tape – 11:36 PM
Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
If U heard Kenny Smith’s comments on TNT half-time of Clippers-Nuggets, you may have to admit there is reason for concern about this Clipper season. They Must get healthy enough so that the coach can settle on an 8 or 9 man rotation night after night. Can not just wait till P-O’s – 11:35 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Christian Braun coming in so all Nuggets fans up in arms can take a deep breath. – 11:34 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Shoutout to bruce brown tonight for making a bunch of hustle plays. 2 steals and 2 blocked three-pointers. That’s big time. – 11:32 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The Nuggets lead is so high that half of the timeline thinks its 45 and the other half think its 35 and I am just laughing. – 11:32 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
As I was saying… the Nuggets are not the Wizards.
Denver led by as many as 43, lead 90-55 with 3:21 left in 3rd quarter.
Clippers still shooting terrible from 3 (3/27, 11.1%). Luke Kennard 0/5 and hasn’t been close.
Time Zone week going extremely poor for Clippers. – 11:31 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets are up 90-55 late in the 3rd but have only outscored the Clippers 24-23 in the quarter. Michael Malone is hot. – 11:30 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Bruce Brown has blocked two three-pointers tonight. Don’t see that often. – 11:30 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Michael Malone with some very animated frustration after that Terrance Mann dunk. Put his hands on his head after that Mann layup.
The #Nuggets are up 90-53. – 11:29 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Do the new-look Nuggets always show out for national tv games? 🤔 – 11:29 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
No one on the Clippers has reached double digits in scoring yet and there is 5 minutes left in the 3rd. – 11:27 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Excellent basketball is being played pic.twitter.com/PqW9qg6zLY11:27 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Jamal Murray’s the Nuggets’ first sub of the 2nd half. Michael Malone definitely called an audible in the 1st quarter and let him cook. – 11:26 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Bruce Brown doesn’t care if Denver is down 4 or up 40; he is coming for the kill all the time. – 11:26 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Malone getting Murray out first in the second half; not KCP. – 11:25 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Joker does NOT like it when the Nuggets waste possessions. – 11:25 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic with 7-5-8 and Denver leads by 41. He is now using this game for data acquisition on crazy shit he has been wanting to try. – 11:23 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets have doubled up the Clippers again.
82-41. – 11:22 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Jamal Murray’s defensive contests have been really strong tonight. Forget about the four 3-pointers and 18 points. Think his defense has been great. – 11:20 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
It’s a Thursday in January, but I’ll never be able to take the Clippers seriously again after tonight. – 11:17 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets let the Clippers bench, who are starting the second half instead of the starters, go on a 9-7 run and Malone could not handle it and called a rage timeout.
The brand is strong. – 11:17 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets led the Clippers bench, who are starting the second half for the Clippers, go on a 9-7 run and Malone could not handle it and called a rage timeout.
The brand is strong. – 11:16 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Paul George is on bench but didn’t warm up at all during halftime. Leonard did, so maybe he’s still available if a miracle happens
We just saw T Mann throw an alley-oop to Luke Kennard (layup! but still!) so who knows.
Denver leads cut to 73-41 with 9:40 left in 3Q. – 11:16 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
We’re getting Mann-to-Kennard lobs in the second half, which is way more entertaining than the first half. – 11:16 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
Trailing by 34 at halftime in Denver, Ty Lue said he’d seen enough. Benched all five starters — including Kawhi and PG — for the start of the second half. The Clippers’ two starts are 4-of-16 shooting and the team was 2-of-21 from 3. – 11:15 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jamal Murray launched that 3 and pointed to the Nuggets bench before it fell. My god. – 11:13 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Clippers benched the starters. They literally shut it down at half. – 11:13 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Clippers benched their starters. Wow. – 11:13 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
When the Nuggets decide to upshift into their high gear, it’s really quite a sight. They are far from consistent in terms of playing at that level, but they clearly have that gear the elite teams in basketball must have. – 11:12 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
New starters for Clippers 2nd half
Mann, Powell, Kennard, Coffey, Brown. – 11:12 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Clippers benched their starters. No Kawhi Leonard or Paul George to open the 2nd half. – 11:12 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
So many great things about this halftime box score. What’s your favorite thing about the Nuggets vs Clippers 66-32 first half?
First quarter: 32-15
Second quarter: 34-17 pic.twitter.com/XAeqFEAN0D11:12 PM

NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
Jokic and the Nuggets mean business tonight 👀 pic.twitter.com/KiAJBmHH8111:12 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets have 3 players who have more 3 than the Clippers as a team.
Bones, KCP and Murray each have 3 triples while the Clippers have just 2. – 11:11 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most 3s at half:
3 — Jamal
3 — KCP
3 — Bones
2 — The Clippers pic.twitter.com/Uvol4JeHMO11:10 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets bench:
28 points
15-23 FG
5-8 3ptFG
5 assists against 0 turnovers
Mistake free, strong defense and lots of 3pt attempts is a good recipe. – 11:08 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
“the clippers can simply flip a switch”
the “switch:” pic.twitter.com/MVlfiQNILx11:07 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Halftime stats for the Nuggets, who lead 66-32 at half:
Murray: 13-4-0 on 5-8fg
Gordon: 13-7-3 on 5-6fg
Hyland: 12-1-0 on 3-4fg
Nuggets held Clippers to 11-41 from the field, 2-21 from 3, and only put them on the foul line 8 times. – 11:06 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Denver has more assists than the Clippers have made field goals.
15 Nuggets assists
11 Clippers FGM – 11:06 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Havin’ fun over here 📍 pic.twitter.com/bikyiBj4a311:05 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
This could be a 40-point margin if MPJ contributes to the offense at all.
Jokic at least has 7 assists to go with his 1/5 FGs. Porter has no points, no assists at halftime with his team up 34. – 11:03 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
The Nuggets lead the Clippers 66-29 at the half.
Denver held the Clips to 11/41 from the field and 2-of-21 from beyond the arc.
Murray and Gordon have 13 points apiece to lead the way.
Hyland has added 12 points
If you’re Malone, what’s THREE words you’d tell the team? – 11:02 PM
Janis Carr @janiscarr
Clippers trail 66-32 at the half. Rumor has it that Kawhi and PG are playing tonight. – 11:01 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Stats from the half 📊
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/cpdmvxhnPM11:00 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Nuggets outscored Clippers 34-17 in a 2nd quarter that saw Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Michael Porter Jr. score zero points. – 11:00 PM
Janis Carr @janiscarr
Clippers trail 65-29 at the half. Rumor has it that PG and Kawhi are playing tonight. Combined they are 2 for 13. – 10:59 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they lead the Clippers 66-32:
-Murray began the game making 5 shots, and I think that gave the entire team a lot of confidence honestly
-Nuggets 11/20 from 3, Clippers at 2/21
-Bones with some great makes
-Thought Zeke was FANTASTIC pic.twitter.com/r7xp5JoZOH10:59 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Denver leads Clippers 66-32 at halftime.
Analysis: The defense was awful, and the offense was worse.
I was in the building in Washington last January, front end of back-to-back, when Clippers were down 35. KCP was there!
The Nuggets are not the Wizards. – 10:59 PM
Jason Jones @mr_jasonjones
Just saw that Denver-Clippers score pic.twitter.com/b96Zaw2WLo10:58 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Grab and snack we will be right back
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/ZapTFR9Y1910:58 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
The Minnesota game was a checkmark in the “Makes it hard to commit to the Nuggets as champions” column.
The Boston game and this half against the Clippers are a couple of checks in the “Nobody – NOBODY – wants to see Denver in a best of seven” column. – 10:58 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Denver goes into the half up 66-32. – 10:57 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Aaron Gordon with 13 first-half points on 5-6 shooting, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and making it look easy on national TV. The All-Star buzz is going to build. I can hear Reggie Miller right now, “How could the No. 1 seed in the West only have one All-Star?” – 10:57 PM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
Nuggets saw that the Celtics blew out the Mavs on TNT so they were like “OK, watch this” – 10:57 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
The largest halftime deficit in the Clippers’ past two seasons (because we all know what the Mavs did to the Clips in 2020-21) is 37, from last March. They dip just under that, trailing 66-32 at half in Denver. – 10:56 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. are a combined 1-9 for 3 points and the Nuggets lead by 34 at halftime.
Clippers-32, Nuggets-66 – 10:56 PM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
What is happening in Denver? This wonky West, as @Logan Murdock called it in our pod visit today, is something else… – 10:56 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Nuggets will be taking on the #Cavs tomorrow night on the second night of a back-to-back.
They’re currently up by 36 against the Clippers, so I can’t imagine the starters are going to play a whole bunch tonight. Would have to think they’ll be pretty well rested. – 10:54 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The Nuggets are winning by 38 and Jokic has three points, which is the most Jokic stat that has ever existed. – 10:53 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I live-bet Clippers +31.5 if anyone wanted to know what degeneracy looks like. – 10:52 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The Nuggets are up 63-25. In other words, the Grizzlies will be the No. 1 seed in the West for about another 90 minutes 😂 – 10:51 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
It’s 63-25 the Denver Nuggets are beating the Los Angeles Clippers and it’s not even halftime yet – 10:51 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Denver leads 63-25.
This is Post-Christmas 2020 Mavericks game bad. But Kawhi didn’t play in that one.
18-0 Nuggets run on the strength of a 5:31 Clippers field goal drought.
And theoretically, there’s not real comeback chance with Clippers in Minnesota tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/ckVfm0TkOU10:51 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
I think the KCP stagger is my new favorite solution to Denver’s bench issues. He unlocks Bones, Brown and Cancar with his shooting and he has enough individual creations to get a shot when Denver needs him to.
It means no Braun, but I think this might be their best rotation. – 10:51 PM
Rick Noland @RickNoland
Nuggets up 38 with 3 min left 2nd qtr. Clips not exactly helping Cavs – 10:51 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Bones might be getting a little Bizzy at Ball 🦴
12 PTS (75 3PT%) pic.twitter.com/Ka4c3RHwPy10:51 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
TNT apparently picked the wrong week to go back to Thursday nights. Nuggets 63, Clippers 25. – 10:50 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
A 19-0 run by the Denver Nuggets
NINETEEN TO NOTHING – 10:50 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
It is easy to look at Denver being 11-19 from 3 as the reason for this lead, but really this is their defense. They have held the Clippers to 8-36 from the floor and 1-18 (!!!) from 3. The physicality Denver has on the perimeter has been great and their rotations are crisp. – 10:50 PM
Janis Carr @janiscarr
Clippers score for the first time in nearly six minutes. – 10:49 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
If the Clippers went on a 25-0 run right now, they’d still be down double-digits.
That is how I’m control the Nuggets are. – 10:49 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
“Clippers now on a 2-to-19 run.”
I can’t, Brian Sieman. 🤣 – 10:49 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
The DNVR crew has been “borrowed” from enough this week, so this can’t hurt any more … All the Nuggets are good.
(apologies @DNVR_Nuggets) – 10:49 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
What the Nuggets are going right now to the Clippers is nuts. 61 points in the 1st half and there’s still over 3:00 to go until halftime. – 10:49 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Denver has made 11 three-pointers. The Clippers have made 8 field goals, in total. They were just on the wrong end of a 19-0 run. – 10:48 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets are up 38 points on the Clippers with 3:45 left before halftime. It is 61-23. – 10:48 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Clippers down 58-23 in Denver. Nuggets aren’t messing around. Clippers look lifeless at times. – 10:47 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets were up 13 when Jokic went to the bench and their lead is now up to 30 as he returns.
Nuggets up 53-23 with 5:40 before half and Jokic has just 3 points on 3 shots. – 10:45 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
I feel confident in saying Nikola Jokic has never *returned* to a game with a 30-point lead. – 10:45 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Also KCP is such a good fit with the Nuggets. It’s so fun watching him thrive. – 10:44 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nnaji has not popped like Bones or Bruce or Vlatko during this stint, but he has been great. He is grabbing rebounds and defending his ass off. – 10:43 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
WE HAVE AN AIR VLATKO SIGHTING ✈ pic.twitter.com/42yi9M7IQA10:42 PM

Janis Carr @janiscarr
Bad basketball that’s getting worse for the Clippers. Trail 50-23. – 10:40 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
The starters got buried, but the bench is finding another six feet.
Denver up 50-23 with 7:14 left in first half. 7-0 run capped by Vlatko Cancar channeling Uncle Jeff. – 10:40 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Vlatko poster dunk ends an 8-0 Denver run and the Clippers trail 50-23.
The Clippers are shooting 6-10 inside the paint and **1-17 outside of it** – 10:40 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
The Nuggets came to play tonight. The Clippers came to collect their game check. – 10:40 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jeff Green got hurt and Vlatko Cancar took over the “highlight dunk of the game” role. – 10:39 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
It’s 50-23 with 7:14 left in the second quarter, and Vlatko Cancar just detonated. – 10:39 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Denver is up TWENTY SEVEN with 7:14 left before half. – 10:39 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Vlatko Cancar my god. That dunk was from outside the paint. – 10:39 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Ty Lue is letting the Nuggets cook lol – 10:37 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
GREAT defense by Vlatko Cancar to force the turnover and lead to KCP’s second-straight 3. – 10:37 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Uh…the Nuggets lead by 23. – 10:35 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers shot 3/6 FGs in paint, 1/15 FGs outside of paint in first quarter in Denver – 10:34 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
A 32-15 first quarter in favor of the Nuggets?? WHAT A START ON BOTH ENDS – 10:33 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Clippers try to throw the ball off Vlatko to get possession, but he catches the ball and dimes up Brown for 3. Nuggets up by 20. – 10:33 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Gotta give Michael Porter Jr. some credit. He did not shoot well in the first quarter (0-4), but had 4 boards and gave good effort on defense. He is finding ways to not hurt the Nuggets despite his lack of scoring. – 10:32 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Mal with 13 (3 3PM) in the first quarter 👀
⭐ https://t.co/lBETGuC2d0 ⭐ pic.twitter.com/cgVGC9U50h10:32 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Worst first quarter of the season for Clippers as Denver leads 32-15.
Jamal Murray made more FGs (5/6) than entire Clippers team (4/21).
Also made more 3s (3/3) than entire Clippers team (1/11).
That pretty much sums it up. – 10:32 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets up 32-15 after the first quarter. Jamal’s got 13, AG’s got 8, and Denver’s bench is working.
Clippers shooting … 19% and 1-of-11 from 3. PG and Kawhi a combined 0 for 7 from the field. – 10:30 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Good first quarter
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/rkyUixpPxa10:30 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets more than doubled up the Clippers in the first quarter and lead 32-15.
Murray with 13 on 5-6FG
Jokic with 3-3-5
Gordon with 8-3-3
Nuggets bench outscoring Clippers bench 8-2 – 10:29 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
I wish Denver had more built into their bench playbook, but you take a 17-point lead every time and don’t complain about it at all. – 10:28 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Vlatko Cancar is 27-52 from 3 including that last triple which is 51.9%. – 10:27 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
It’s danger-zone time for the Clippers, trailing 32-13 late in the first quarter. Never a good sign when the opponent has twice as many assists (8) as the Clippers have field goals (4). – 10:27 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Bones Hyland hits a 3 as soon as Jokic leaves the game and Nnaji follows with a block that led to a Vlatko 3. That will help keep the bench unit rolling. – 10:25 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
I’ve reported this before: Bones thought he was going to be a Clipper on draft night. – 10:25 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic with 5 assists in his 10 first quarter minutes. – 10:25 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Clippers have way too much talent to hit these long offensive lulls the way they do. – 10:24 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Porter out as Murray stays in . Looks like MPJ or KCP will stagger with the bench tonight. – 10:23 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi stays in with:
– T Mann
– Luke
– Norm
– RoCo – 10:22 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Terance Mann and Bruce Brown both on the floor in the final minutes of this first half. Their friendship is pretty cool: First met at an 8th grade camp, then teamed up in AAU, later played against one another for a HS state championship in Massachusetts. – 10:22 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jamal Murray:
13 points
5-6 FG
3-3 3ptFG
+12 in just under 9 minutes – 10:21 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Jamal Murray is COOKIN’ to start this game 🔥🔥
13 pts 5/6 from the field and 3/3 from 3
An EARLY Murray Flurry ❄10:21 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
It’s dammit time already. Denver up 25-13 with 3:16 left, Kawhi/PG are both 0/3 FGs, and Clippers have missed 8 of 9 3s.
Jamal Murray has matched Clippers with 13 points and has more made buckets (Murray: 5/6 FGs; LAC: 4/16 FGs) – 10:21 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jamal Murray has 13 points while the Clippers as a team have 13 points.
Nuggets up 25-13 with 3:16 left in the first quarter. – 10:20 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Jamal Murray still loves playing the Clippers. – 10:19 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
One of the best passes I have seen from Aaron Gordon. He learned the Jokic tip pass. – 10:19 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Murray: 13
Clippers: 13 – 10:19 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Bones Hyland and Vlatko Cancar will be the second and third guys off the bench tonight after Bruce Brown. – 10:19 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
MPJ really pressing so far tonight. Everyone in the arena knew he was going to pull up from 3 in transition that last possession. – 10:18 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Jamal feelin’ it from downtown
He’s got a quick 10 in the first quarter 🪣 pic.twitter.com/UpLxyjEaZK10:17 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The Nuggets HAVE to lead the league in kickball possessions lmao – 10:17 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
With Murray cooking, I wonder if Porter gets pushed to stagger with the bench instead. Would be a helpful switch and would open up some Christian Braun minutes as well. – 10:17 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
The first Clipper off the bench is Luke Kennard, who relieves Paul George after 6 1/2 minutes for PG. – 10:16 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
KCP goes to the bench early instead of Jamal Murray.
Might have been Jamal, but Malone talked about rhythm with him, and he’s got it now. – 10:16 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jesus Jamal Murray. That is 4-5 to start tonight and 10 points halfway through the first quarter. – 10:16 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Jamal Murray’s got that bounce … 10 points in 6 minutes. – 10:15 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Murray got Morris on him and went to work in the two-man game with Jokic. Good to seen Murray hunting like that. – 10:15 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Jamal Murray makes his first three shots, the last one a stepback three. – 10:15 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Best win percentage all-time (minimum 200 games):
.743 — Kawhi
.740 — Magic
.736 — Bird
Kawhi is 10-4 as a starter this season. pic.twitter.com/ThcMhOgAa710:14 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
It’s a 15-7 lead for Denver to start. T Lue saved a timeout after Nuggets ripped off 6 straight, but has to burn one 3 minutes later.
Clippers definitely starting this game at sea level, missing 7 of first 8 shots. – 10:12 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Denver’s getting a little lucky on the shooting variance here, but the Clippers are settling for no rhythm jumpers a ton of the time. Good start defensively. – 10:12 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
We got @josey_jewell from the @Broncos in the building taking our first shot 🐴 pic.twitter.com/7VuHrAytwH10:12 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Denver’s physicality on the perimeter tonight on defense has been very good. They are containing well and keeping everyone in front of them which is forcing the Clippers to play side to side instead of getting downhill. – 10:11 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Impressive defensive start by the Nuggets. Clippers are 1-8 from the field and have gotten 4 of their 7 points at the foul line.
Denver leads 15-7 at the first break. – 10:10 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
You can tell Aaron Gordon knows tonight he can make a statement. He is attacking relentlessly on both ends. – 10:08 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Aaron Gordon is WORKING tonight. – 10:07 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Not enough people are talking about how good Aaron Gordon has been for the Nuggets this season, esp. with Murray and MPJ dealing with injuries. – 10:07 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Best 4 players 1-4?
#Nuggets #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/TwbY8QeQtw10:07 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
One game doesn’t determine anything, but Aaron Gordon and Paul George are both vying for the same All-Star real estate. There’s a limited amount of West spots available, and both have legitimate claim. – 10:06 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Buckets from Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon (x2) have the Nuggets out to a 6-0 lead over the Clippers. You would know this if you’re watching TNT. – 10:05 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
That is four-straight stops for the Nuggets to begin against the Clippers and Jokic is already diming up everyone. Feels like one of the nights Denver shows up to play their best tonight.
Denver up 6-0 early. – 10:05 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Latest on what LeBron wants and needs, AD’s health, Kawhi and PG, Clippers’ second unit struggles on a new ‘That’s OD’ with ⁦@Dave McMenaminyoutu.be/w0ZhmgqIkYg10:03 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets vs Clippers has tipped. – 10:03 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
NUGGS BASKETBALL ON @NBAonTNT 📺 pic.twitter.com/yhWRrTAwN110:03 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both playing for the Clippers tonight. All their regulars are active except Nicolas Batum. Should be a good test for Denver. – 9:53 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Asked T Lue about level of concern when it comes to protecting Paul George’s hamstring. pic.twitter.com/3oYm9bFIu39:45 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets have their regular starters together:
Jamal Murray
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Michael Porter Jr.
Aaron Gordon
Nikola Jokic
With Denver on the first night of a B2B and the Cavs resting tomorrow night, I’d bet Murray rests tomorrow night. – 9:37 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets starters vs. Clippers:
Jamal Murray
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Michael Porter Jr.
Aaron Gordon
Nikola Jokic – 9:36 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Nuggets going with their regular starters – Murray, Caldwell-Pope, Porter, Gordon, Jokic – tonight against the Clippers. Michael Malone said pregame that Jamal Murray is still not playing back-to-backs, so he looks doubtful to play tomorrow against the Cavaliers. – 9:34 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Starting 🖐
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/PmRWYKbo579:34 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
LAC-DEN starters:
LAC
Kawhi Leonard
Marcus Morris
Ivica Zubac
Paul George
Reggie Jackson
DEN
Michael Porter Jr.
Aaron Gordon
Nikola Jokic
Jamal Murray
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – 9:33 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets starters: Jamal, KCP, MPJ, AG and Joker.
Murray hasn’t been playing in both back-to-backs. Fair question whether he plays tomorrow. – 9:32 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Masterclass incoming.
Vote Kawhi ➡https://t.co/QWOBIWBHr4 pic.twitter.com/AWyFJGhWb69:31 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Staring 🖐
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/WakspjgXZr9:31 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Jeff Green, currently out with a fractured left hand, is making progress. He’s shooting around pregame with a protective glove over his hand. Scheduled to be reevaluated in around two weeks. – 9:26 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Jeff Green, currently out with a fractured left hand, is making progress. He’s shooting around pregame with a protective glove over his left hand. Scheduled to be reevaluated in around two weeks. – 9:24 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Get the 411 for tonight’s contest.
#GetItLocked | @betwayusa9:06 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
John Wall (left knee injury management) will not play tonight at Denver. – 8:57 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Hear what Coach has to say before tip-off 🎙 pic.twitter.com/ATApnYy5zx8:42 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Asked Michael Malone how the Nuggets decide which game of the back-to-back Jamal Murray plays: “That’s a conversation I have with out training staff,” Malone said. He says the staff makes a suggestion, then Malone will go to Murray and they’ll make a decision. – 8:39 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Asked T Lue if it is set in stone that Kawhi and Wall would play no games on zero days rest this season.
T Lue left open possibility that they could. Full reax momentarily. – 8:38 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Just landed in Denver. #Cavs injury report for tomorrow’s game against the Nuggets:
Darius Garland (thumb sprain) – questionable
Donovan Mitchell (rest) – OUT
Ricky Rubio, Dean Wade, Dylan Windler also all remain out. – 8:38 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ty Lue was asked about whether he foresees Kawhi Leonard and John Wall being able to play both ends of a back to back this season, at some point. Lue said he hopes so. – 8:35 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone pregame on Jamal Murray staggering and playing with the bench: “Be assertive, be vocal, that’s your unit. You run it.” – 8:32 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Paul George will play tonight in Denver, per the team. – 8:26 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Paul George will play tonight in Denver – 8:26 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Asked Michael Malone how Jamal Murray can help himself. He said he can be more vocal, more assertive. Specifically, he said when he’s staggering with the second unit, he needs to run that lineup. “That’s your unit.” Malone is empowering him to do so. – 8:20 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Malone called Jamal Murray one of the toughest guys he has ever met mentally and physically. – 8:20 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Malone said the challenge for both him and Jamal Murray as he fights back to his former self is not getting caught up in the moment. It was always going to be a long process and that’s been the toughest challenge. – 8:18 PM
Rick Noland @RickNoland
Donovan Mitchell (rest) out vs. Nuggets. DG questionable due to thumb – 8:13 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Kawhi Leonard tonight before Nuggets-Clippers. pic.twitter.com/gItQhureoG8:10 PM

Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
#Cavs will be without Donovan Mitchell (rest) tomorrow night here in Denver. Darius Garland, who has missed the last three games with a thumb injury, is listed as questionable.
Cavs will also be without Ricky Rubio, Dean Wade, Dylan Windler, and Isaiah Mobley tomorrow. – 7:44 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell (rest) is listed OUT tomorrow night against Denver, along with Ricky Rubio, Dean Wade and Dylan Windler. Darius Garland (thumb) is QUESTIONABLE. – 7:33 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Almost on a jury this week. Lawyer quizzes me: “Sports columnist?” “True.” “What do you write about?” “Everything.” “How long?” “August.” “Before that?” “Covered the Clippers.”
Another prospective juror: “You cover the Clippers?! They’re so frustrating!” Dude a fan since Blake. – 7:10 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Minnesota @Minnesota Timberwolves Status Report in advance of tomorrow’s game vs. LA Clippers:
QUESTIONABLE
Bryn Forbes – Right Shoulder Soreness
Naz Reid – Back Spasms
OUT
Jordan McLaughlin – Left Calf Strain
Karl-Anthony Towns – Right Calf Strain – 5:59 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
So, it’s assumed that Kawhi Leonard will play tonight against the Nuggets. That’s a big deal. He’s not on the injury report (Paul George is questionable with a hammy).
This will be a good test for the Nuggets. A serious opponent. That they should take seriously. Big if true. – 5:34 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
five nba players are shooting >= 55% on drives with a >= 12 ast%:
—nikola jokic (69.2 fg%/14.6 ast%)
—luka doncic (64.9 fg%/12.4 ast%)
—lebron james (59.8 fg%/12.5 ast%)
—malik monk (57 fg%/17.1 ast%)
—deni avdija (55.6 fg%/13.9 ast%) – 5:09 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Peyton Watson will be sidelined for a couple of weeks with a left adductor strain, I’m told. He left the Grand Rapids Gold’s Jan. 2 loss after playing 15 minutes and is currently in Denver. Nuggets have been really encouraged by his play in the G League this season. – 4:52 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
And on the topic of Scal, Abby and me, it seemed trivial given what happened in Cincinnati Monday, but a belated but heartfelt thanks not just for these but to all who reached out after our NBA “rain delay” Sunday in Denver.
Do this long enough, you’ll see everything. pic.twitter.com/zNq4sFLPSt4:31 PM




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