NBA

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Denver 27 29 23 24 103
LA Clippers 37 29 32 34 132
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7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 PM CT2:30 , February 28, 2020
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 19,068

Now at full strength, Clippers, Nuggets set to duel

According to STATS
According to STATS

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers

  1. Denver has beaten the Clippers by double digits in each of the teams' last three meetings. The Nuggets have had four straight 10-point wins over the Clippers just once all-time: January 30-November 19, 1988.
  2. The Nuggets outscored the Pistons 60-32 in the paint on Tuesday, their best differential in a game this season. Denver also attempted a season-low 19 three-pointers in the win.
  3. After beating the Suns 102-92 on Wednesday, the Clippers are now 16-0 when holding their opponent below 100 points, tied with the Lakers for the most wins without a loss in the NBA this season.
  4. Jerami Grant scored a career-high 29 points in Tuesday's win over Detroit, the most points by a Nuggets player off the bench since Will Barton had 37 on November 30, 2017.
  5. Paul George has scored just 33 points over his last four games, his fewest points over a four-game span since the final four games of the 2014-15 season (30) and his fewest over a span of four starts since November 23 to December 1, 2012 (31).
  6. Kawhi Leonard has made 35 straight free throws, five shy of the longest streak of his career (40 straight from October 30 to November 14, 2016). Leonard (90.2 percent) is one of two players with 300+ attempts this season who is shooting at least 90 percent on free throws, along with Devin Booker (92.2).
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets should be at full strength for their Friday night showdown in Los Angeles.

Injuries have hampered both teams throughout the season but that hasn't prevented them from being among the leaders in the Western Conference standings, where the Nuggets lead the Clippers by a game for second place, with the Los Angeles Lakers comfortably in first place.

The Clippers have been without Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverley for stretches, while the Nuggets have played without Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, Will Barton and Michael Porter Jr. However, all are expected to play Friday.

On Tuesday, the Nuggets pounded the Detroit Pistons 115-98 behind a career-high 29 points on 12-of-15 shooting by reserve forward Jerami Grant.

"I just rode (Grant) that whole second half," Denver coach Michael Malone told The Denver Post. "He was terrific."

Nikola Jokic and Murray scored 16 points apiece for the Nuggets, who shot 57.9 percent from the floor and won their eighth contest in their last 11 games. Murray also had eight assists. Porter contributed 13 points, hitting 6 of 9 shots, with eight rebounds.

The recent play of Millsap, who returned three weeks ago after missing 16 games with a knee injury, also pleased Malone. Although Millsap had nine points and four rebounds in 19 minutes against the Pistons, he scored 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in Sunday's 128-116 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"Since he's come back ... I think Paul's been terrific," Malone told the Post.

Millsap managed just two points and six rebounds in 27 minutes in a 113-101 loss to the Thunder on Feb. 21, but he has scored in double figures in four of the six contests since his return.

The Clippers earned a 102-92 victory over the host Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Leonard had 24 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Clippers. Marcus Morris, who converted 4-of-8 3-pointers, added 18 points and Reggie Jackson chipped in 12.

Leonard also helped slow Suns All-Star guard Devin Booker, one of the NBA's top scorers at 26.3 points per game. Booker missed 14 of 19 shots from the floor and seven of eight 3-pointers, finishing with 14 points.

"That was the plan. Kawhi is Kawhi," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "He's amazing with his reach, his hands, his foot movement, he's very smart and extremely strong. I thought that set the tone for us, for sure."

George struggled offensively for the second consecutive game since he returned from a strained hamstring. He managed 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes against the Suns. In Monday's rout of the Memphis Grizzlies, George had seven points in 21 minutes. He missed eight of 11 field goals, including 4 of 5 3-pointers.

The Nuggets captured a 114-104 win in the lone meeting this season on Jan. 12 at Denver. Jokic had 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Leonard scored 30 points. George was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 28, 2020


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