Nuggets lose seeding in loss to Clippers

Former Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin made some key plays to beat his old team, as he helped the Clippers beat the Nuggets 104-98 Wednesday night.

Martin had a tipped in a Chris Paul jumper to give the Clippers a two point lead with 27 seconds left, then blocked Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson on defense seven seconds later.

The win was big for the Clippers because it put them in a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the number four spot in the Western Conference standings.

The Lakers would go on to play and win again tonight versus the Golden State Warriors, so although the Clippers remain one half game back, the Lakers have to keep winning to keep their seeding.

Point guard Chris Paul led six Clippers players in double figures with 21 points and 8 assists, while backup point guard Mo Williams paced the bench with 19 points and 4 assists.

The Denver Nuggets were led by point guard Ty Lawson’s 24 points and 6 assists, while five other players also scored double-figure points. But the Nuggets were outrebounded and shot only 27 percent from the three-point line, and in the end could not get the necessary stops to win the game.

The Nuggets look to regain the sixth seed that they have now loss to Dallas on Saturday when they play Phoenix on the road. The Clippers play Phoenix first though tomorrow on the road.

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