Game Preview: Clippers-Nuggets

Los Angeles brings 11-game winning streak into Denver
by Aaron Lopez

Lengthy winning streaks have been known to perish at altitude.

On New Year’s Day 2013, the Los Angeles Clippers saw their 17-game winning streak snapped when they fell to Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

On Feb. 4, 1996, the Nuggets overcame Michael Jordan’s 39-point night to end the Chicago Bulls’ 18-game run with a stunning victory at McNichols Arena.

LaPhonso Ellis scored 15 points off the bench for the Nuggets in that 1996 game. He will be on hand Monday night when the Nuggets honor the 1993-94 playoff team during halftime of their game against the Clippers.

Incidentally, Los Angles has won 11 in a row.

“We’ve always been pretty good on our home floor, so the Clippers have to deal with the altitude and trying to keep Ty Lawson in front of them,” Ellis said after Denver’s morning shootaround. “I remember when the Bulls came in here with that long winning streak that they had, and we brought that one to a halt, so no reason our guys can’t get that one done tonight.”

The Nuggets beat the Clippers at Pepsi Center on Feb. 3 when Randy Foye hit a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Los Angeles has lost only three games since then, rising to third in the Western Conference playoff race. The Clippers are one game behind second-place Oklahoma City and three back of the San Antonio Spurs.


WHEN: 8:30 p.m. MT
WHERE: Pepsi Center, Denver
TV; RADIO: Altitude, ESPN; AM-950

DENVER (29-37)

F Wilson Chandler
F Kenneth Faried
C Timofey Mozgov
G Randy Foye
G Ty Lawson

F Matt Barnes
F Blake Griffin
C DeAndre Jordan
G Willie Green
G Chris Paul

Danilo Gallinari (knee), JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) and Nate Robinson are out.
LOS ANGELES: Darren Collison (stomach virus) is doubtful; Jamal Crawford (calf) and J.J. Redick (back) are out.

The Nuggets have won 18 of the past 28 games overall against the Clippers since 2006-07, with seven of the 10 losses coming in Los Angeles (12-2 at home, 6-8 on road) . . . Denver has claimed six season series wins over Los Angeles in the last nine seasons . . . The 2010-11 season marked the first 2-2 series split between these teams since 2003-04, not to mention only the fourth since 1993-94 . . . The Nuggets currently own an all-time winning percentage of .556 (84-67) against the Clippers, which stands as the best mark for Denver against any opponent in the NBA with at least 100 meetings between them.