During an undefeated five-week run by the Los Angeles Clippers, the Denver Nuggets were just another team they beat along the way. The second time around...
DENVER — During an undefeated five-week run by the Los Angeles Clippers, the Denver Nuggets were just another team they beat along the way. The second time around, the Nuggets were the team that ground the Clippers’ streak to a halt.
Danilo Gallinari led six Nuggets players in double figures with 17 points and Denver stopped the Clippers’ franchise- record winning streak at 17 games with a 92-78 victory Tuesday night.
The Clippers’ streak was the longest in the NBA since the Boston Celtics won 19 in a row from Nov. 15-Dec. 23, 2008.
“We were all a step slower today,” said Blake Griffin, who had 12 points for the Clippers. “We’ve got to be better than that. We’re not going to sit and cry on the plane and get beat down. We’re not going to cause ourselves to lose our confidence, despite what people want us to do. That’s the best thing about the NBA — you’ve got another game.”
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Griffin went 4 of 11 from the field — the first time he’s shot below 50 percent in 18 games.
Andre Iguodala said the victory against the NBA’s hottest team could help Denver build “our confidence, our swagger.
“The Clippers have been playing with that the last 18 games. That builds into them winning. They have the mentality every night they’re going to go out there and win. We’ve got to build the same thing and try to string along the same type of win streak.”
The loss was the first for the Clippers since a 105-98 setback against New Orleans on Nov. 26.
Andre Miller, starting in place of point guard Ty Lawson, had 12 points and 12 assists for Denver. Lawson, the team said, has been bothered by tightness in his left Achilles tendon for the past week.
“We don’t win this game without Andre,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “He just got us easy baskets, got a lot of guys involved, gave our team a lot of confidence.”
in New York
NEW YORK — The Portland Trail Blazers overcame Carmelo Anthony’s season high-tying 45 points and spoiled Amare Stoudemire’s season debut, beating the New York Knicks 105-100.
Nicolas Batum scored 26 points, Damian Lillard had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Portland.
Stoudemire finished with six points and one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench in his return from Oct. 31 knee surgery.
J.J. Hickson scored all of his 18 points in the first half as Portland won for the third time in four games and avenged a 121-79 loss in New York last March 14.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Since Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin captivated the Bay Area in the “Run TMC” days of the early 1990s, the Golden State Warriors have been known for scoring a lot of points and giving up even more.
In Mark Jackson’s second season as coach, the Warriors finally have started to change their focus. Golden State (21-10) is off to its best start in more than 20 years entering Wednesday night’s home game against the NBA-best Los Angeles Clippers (25-7), a surprising turnaround that has been propelled largely by defense.
“It’s 2013,” forward Carl Landry said Tuesday. “It’s a different time.”
The Warriors rank third in the league in rebounding differential (plus-4.19) and fourth in average opponents’ field-goal percentage (42.9 percent) per game. They were 28th and 20th, respectively, in those categories while finishing 23-43 last season.
Golden State is 19-2 when outrebounding an opponent, and 6-1 when holding teams below 40 percent shooting this season.
• Jrue Holiday had 26 points and 10 assists as visiting Philadelphia beat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-99. The Lakers (15-16) have matched their worst start after 31 games since the 2002-03 season.
• Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Detroit held off Sacramento 103-97 for its first three-game winning streak of the season. Ex-Gonzaga star Austin Daye, who scored 13 off the bench, hit a clinching three-pointer with 11.5 seconds to go.
• Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio will not travel with the Timberwolves for a two-game road trip because of back spasms.