Nuggets beat Clippers 107-92, inch closer in the West standings

The Nuggets hosted the visiting L.A. Clippers,  beating them 107-92 at the Pepsi Center in Denver Thursday evening.

The win gets the Nuggets to within two-and-a-half games within the Clippers in the playoff standings. Denver is now riding a seven game winning-streak, according to UPI

Chis Paul and Blake Griffin both scored well, but the Nuggets stayed aggressive on the Clipper’s passing lanes, and denied pick-and-roll entry passes that the Clippers are so used to capitalizing on.  They turned many of those turnovers into scoring in these situations off the break.

Clippers reserve Matt Barnes started shooting hot in the first half with 15-points, but quickly cooled off at the start of the second half with only four more points.  The Nuggets went on a major scoring run during the third quarter that put the Clippers on their heels.   On several quick sequences in the third, Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari and point guard Ty Lawson  got easy fast-break buckets after quick rebounds and turnovers.

Gallinari was the game’s leading scorer with 20-points, including a succession of dunks and baskets in the fourth quarter that capped off the victory.  Ty Lawson added a double-double and orchestrated many of the Nugget’s fast break attacks that overwhelmed the Clippers.

Chirs Paul and Blake Griffin started to chip into a fourteen point Denver lead with better shooting from the field going int the fourth, but the Nuggets widened their lead with good post defense.  Paul finished with 16-points and 10-assists while Griffin scored 17 with only two rebounds.

Jamal Crawford sat out of this game with a sore left ankle, after rolling it in a game Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.