LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 24 factors, Michael Porter Jr. added 22 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 115-103 on Friday evening for his or her fifth straight win.
The Nuggets gained sole possession of first within the Western Conference over the idle Memphis Grizzlies regardless of the absence of Nikola Jokic. He missed the sport due to proper wrist administration.
The Nuggets defeated the Clippers for the second time in every week, though this one was a lot nearer than the 31-point beatdown they handed out at Ball Arena.
At least till the fourth quarter. That’s when the Nuggets pulled away, stretching a three-point lead into double digits. They scored 9 in a row to go up 104-92, their largest lead of the sport. Aaron Gordon hit a 3-pointer and Bruce Brown added 4 factors. Gordon completed with 17 factors.
Kawhi Leonard scored 24 factors for the Clippers. He did not have working mate Paul George, who sat out with a hamstring harm. Norman Powell added 18 factors off the bench and John Wall had 16. They’ve dropped seven of eight.
Murray crashed into a lady sitting courtside whereas chasing the ball within the fourth. She emerged laughing and he grabbed her hand to ensure she wasn’t harm. He completed with eight rebounds and 4 assists.
Denver’s Zeke Nnaji acquired posterized twice — first by Leonard on a one-handed jam within the third after which by Wall on a dunk within the fourth. Both drew raucous cheers.
Trailing by 5, the Nuggets outscored the Clippers 20-8, together with 9 in a row, to guide 81-74 within the third. Former Clipper DeAndre Jordan and Porter dunked and Gordon hit a 3-pointer.
Robert Covington hit a 3-pointer and Wall made a pair of free throws to depart the Clippers trailing 86-81 going into the fourth.
The Clippers managed the primary half after they led by seven.
Nuggets: Coach Michael Malone mentioned he is hoping Jokic’s wrist calms down so he can play Sunday. … Improved to 3-0 over LA this season.
Clippers: Their bench outscored Denver’s reserves, 46-30. … Luke Kennard (proper calf soreness) sat out his third straight sport. … Fell to .500 at 22-22. … Have dropped 5 straight to the Nuggets.
Nuggets: Host Orlando on Sunday to open a five-game homestand.
Clippers: Host Houston on Sunday.
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Beth Harris, The Associated Press