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LA Clippers at Denver Nuggets

· NBA In-Season Tournament - Group Play
3-7, 0-6 Away
Final
108 - 111

9-2, 7-0 Home
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Nikola Jokic scores 32, Nuggets win 111-108 to keep the Clippers winless with James Harden

Christian Braun throws down big jam vs. LA Clippers

Jokic was perfect on 14 free throw attempts, including two with 13 seconds left that helped the Nuggets hold off the Clippers’ comeback try.

Los Angeles has lost five straight with Harden, who was acquired on Oct. 30, and six in a row overall despite the 34-year-old guard’s best game with his new team since arriving from Philadelphia.

“I kept reiterating, I didn’t have a training camp or a preseason, so kind of learning on the fly,” Harden said. “Also getting myself into James Harden shape. Tonight was definitely another step in the right direction and just keep improving.”

Harden scored 21 points and Paul George tied a season high with 35 points as Los Angeles fell to 0-2 in West Group B play.

“I thought we played great. It’s tough, the adversity of playing against the extra three,” George said of the officiating. “I thought they were awful but, the defending champs, we’ve got to play better.

“So many times I got hit on layups, 3-pointers. It was constant. Jump shots, getting hit, smacked on the forearm. It was a poor job.”

Aaron Gordon scored 20 points and Reggie Jackson 18 for Denver, which has won both of its games in the West B bracket.

The Nuggets were without point guard Jamal Murray for the fourth straight game. He is expected to miss the rest of the month with his strained right hamstring.

Denver appeared to have sealed the game when Jokic fed Gordon for a dunk and a 109-104 lead with 50 seconds left. Jackson missed two free throws with 32 seconds remaining and Kawhi Leonard hit two from the line before coming up with his fifth steal, which led to George’s layup with 15 seconds left.

After Jokic’s free throws, George’s 3-point attempt wedged between the rim and backboard. The Nuggets won the jump ball and held on as time expired.

“Today they played well but we played well enough to get a (win),” Jackson said.

Harden got aggressive at the end of third, going around Jalen Pickett for a layup, hitting two free throws and draining a 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left in the period to give the Clippers an 84-81 lead. Gordon hit 31-footer at the horn to tie it heading into the fourth.

Los Angeles took a 99-92 lead on Leonard’s fadeaway midway through the fourth.

“They’re still figuring it out. You can see it, they’ve got a lot of talents that overlap,” Jackson said of the Clippers’ four stars. “When you have superstars, superstars can do a lot of things. They gave us a great punch tonight.”

UP NEXT

Clippers: Host the Houston Rockets on Friday night in their third tournament game.

Nuggets: At the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night for their first road game of the tournament.

Regular Season Series

DEN leads series 1-0

Matchup Prediction

Nuggets: 61.9%
Clippers: 38.1%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 108 - 111
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 108 - 111
4th 5.1 Ivica Zubac vs. Nikola Jokic (Reggie Jackson gains possession) 108 - 111
4th 5.1 Nuggets defensive team rebound 108 - 111
4th 7.1 Paul George misses 24-foot three point pullup jump shot 108 - 111

Statistics

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37-86 FG 39-73
43.0 Field Goal % 53.4
13-29 3PT 8-23
44.8 Three Point % 34.8
21-24 FT 25-32
87.5 Free Throw % 78.1
42 Rebounds 36
14 Offensive Rebounds 6
28 Defensive Rebounds 30
21 Assists 26
10 Steals 4
1 Blocks 2
10 Turnovers 14
1 Team Turnovers 0
11 Total Turnovers 14
1 Technical Fouls 0
1 Total Technical Fouls 0
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
7 Points Off Turnovers 19
13 Fast Break Points 12
34 Points in Paint 58
24 Fouls 19
7 Largest Lead 13

Game Information

Ball Arena

Location: Denver, CO
Attendance: 19,661 · Capacity:

2023-24 Pacific Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
LA Clippers 36 17 .679 - W1
Phoenix 33 22 .600 4 W2
Sacramento 31 23 .574 5.5 W1
LA Lakers 30 26 .536 7.5 W3
Golden State 27 26 .509 9 W1

2023-24 Northwest Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Minnesota - 16 W4 0.7090909 39
Oklahoma City 1.5 17 W2 0.6851852 37
Denver 3 19 L3 0.6545454 36
Utah 13.5 30 L4 0.4642857 26
Portland 23.5 39 L6 0.2777778 15
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