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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-11-23

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-11-23The Clippers showed unusual resilience and fire in staying the course in Friday's home game with the Denver Nuggets. After falling behind 26-14 in the first quarter and being abused by Denver's Carmelo Anthony on a variety of jumpers, the Clippers played some of their best basketball of the season to pull out the victory.

For starters, Baron Davis and Chris Kaman were, for once, not the focal points of the offense. Rasual Butler (season-high 27 points) to Sebastian Telfair (eight points and three assists) and DeAndre Jordan (eight points and three rebounds) were integrated into the sets, given plenty of shots, and subsequently stepped up in a big way as the Clippers eventually moved out to a big lead in the third quarter.

And just when it seemed the Clippers were going to give away the game, there were Davis and Kaman to hit big shots and keep the team focused on playing to win rather than playing not to lose. Davis' clutch three-pointer and Kaman's jumper and offensive rebound were some of the biggest plays the team made in the fourth quarter to squelch a furious Denver rally.

From the ball movement to the shot selection, for about 2 1/2 quarters spanning the end of the first to the beginning of the fourth the Clippers appeared to play up to their potential while ensuring everyone stayed involved. And even though Anthony did end up with 37 points for the Nuggets, the Clippers forced him into difficult shots when the game was on the line to preserve the victory, a welcome change from previous games, where Clipper defenders backed off of opponents and apparently hoped they'd miss.

After such a tantalizing performance, the Clippers will look to avoid a letdown against one of the NBA's weaker teams. The Minnesota Timberwolves (1-11), whom the Clippers defeated 93-90 earlier in the season, return to Staples Center on Monday.

CLIPPERS 106, NUGGETS 99: The Clippers recovered from a sluggish start to get a victory at home and improve to 5-9 overall. The Clippers notched 35 and 32 points, respectively, in the second and third quarters, and Al Thornton had another strong game, with 18 points in 29 minutes.

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Added: November 23, 2009


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