Recap: Denver Nuggets collapse to LA Clippers on the road

The Denver Nuggets and LA Clippers started their clash on Tuesday night with a combination of poor offense and good defense, as both teams totaled 18 points in the game’s opening six minutes with the Nuggets leading 10-8 in the game. halfway. mark of the first period. The Nuggets were playing Nikola Jokic early on as he had four points and four assists eight minutes into the game. The only two points he wasn’t responsible for so far were a pair of free throws from Austin Rivers. With 2:08 to go in the first, the Nuggets led 14-10 in a game that was shaping up to be difficult for both teams. Coming out of a timeout in Denver, the Clippers were looking to take advantage of non-Jokic minutes for the Nuggets, but the two teams mostly traded buckets when one team scored before Brandon Boston Jr. hit a pair of throws. Franks to end the quarter with Denver leading 18-16.

The Clippers quickly tied the game at 18 to start the second quarter, and they took the lead 90 seconds behind in the period for their first lead of the game. The Nuggets tied the score on a layup from Jeff Green before a Zeke Nnaji triple put Denver back to their lead. The Clippers were hoping to take advantage of the non-Jokic minutes, but they couldn’t as they were still four behind when he came back into the game midway through the second quarter. Coming out of the timeout, Denver had two turnovers, but the Clippers only scored once, which the Nuggets easily matched as they kept LA at bay. The Nuggets had increased their lead to 10 with just over 3:00 to go in the half as they finally looked to launch an offense. Jokic followed a bucket from Marcus Morris Sr. with a treble from the top of the key to take the lead from Denver 11. Aaron Gordon scored his ninth and 10th points on the line with just over a minute left in the line. halftime with Denver now double-edged digits. They ended up leading 41-28 at halftime as they began to extend their lead on the road.

After a quick bucket from the Clippers, the Nuggets started sprinting for a huge lead as they started an 11-4 run in the opening 3:12 of the quarter which had their lead up to 20 points and forced the Clippers to call a timeout to stop the bleeding. After the time out, the Clippers took a few minutes, but eventually ran their own run to get closer to 17 with less than 6:00 to go in the third quarter. After trailing to 25, the Clippers hit back and were down to under 13 with 4:04 remaining. With Denver struggling up front, the Clipper’s run continued as they were 10 of 16 off the pitch in the third quarter and under 10 with 2:01 in the quarter. A 3-point play from Terance Mann put it in a single-digit deficit for the first time since the second quarter. A pair of free throws from Facundo Campazzo made it 66-55 to end the quarter, and Denver was hoping to survive that rocky fight after thinking the game was over.

The Clippers started the fourth quarter where they left off in the third quarter, and they made it a four-point game less than two minutes into the quarter. Jokic returned to the game with the Nugget leading two and every momentum goes in the direction of the Clippers. Gordon hit a big 3-point shot in transition, but Reggie Jackson tied the score at 71 with about seven minutes left after trailing 25 points in the third quarter. Jackson broke a triple from the top of the sideline and the Clippers led 76-75 with 5:30 to go. Jackson and Jokic’s Buckets made it a one-point game with 4:01 to go. Down by one with less than three minutes to go, the Clippers managed back-to-back 3-pointers to take a five-point lead after they appeared to be dead in the water early in the third quarter. The Clippers led 87-83 with less than a minute to go. Denver dropped an easy bucket near the edge before forcing the Clippers to miss on the other end. Jokic threw a 3-point shot in an attempt to win the match but missed, and an attempt by Gordon that would have equalized the match was also called off. This will be just one of many collapses the Nuggets have suffered this year, as they are now 17-7 when leading by double digits or more in a game this season.

Head of statistics

Points: Aaron Gordon – 30

Aids: Nikola Jokic – 8

Rebounds: Jokic – 13

Game player: Aaron Gordon – 30 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 11 of 16 baskets, 1 of 4 3 points, 7 of 7 free throws

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