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Clippers hand Nuggets worst defeat of season, 132-111

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Denver Nuggets have hit a few bumps en route to the Western Conference's best record.

Just not like this.

Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris each scored 21 points, Montrezl Harrell added 20 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Denver 132-111 on Saturday for the Nuggets' worst loss of the season.

The Nuggets (21-10) had not lost by more than 10 points and had won four straight.

''That was a tough one,'' Nuggets forward Monte Morris said. ''The Clippers just wanted it a little bit more.''

That was most obvious in the paint, where the hard-driving Clippers outscored the Nuggets 80-50.

''Eighty points is not a number I'm used to seeing on a stat sheet,'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. ''That's just them beating us off the dribble. That's them rebounding every missed shot. That's them outworking us and (us) not being ready to compete at the level we needed to compete tonight.''

The Clippers shot 57.6 percent from the field.

''I thought our tempo set the tone,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ''Our pace tonight (was) maybe as good as I've seen. I mean, we never stopped it. Just continued movement and pacing. I thought we did it throughout the game.''

The Clippers went on a 15-4 run in the middle of the first quarter, but their cause was aided when Denver's leading scorer, Nikola Jokic, was ejected. He led the Nuggets with 19 points despite playing only 20 minutes.

The Clippers led by 11 when the 7-foot Jokic was ejected in the third quarter for screaming at an official for the second time. Malone said he wasn't sure what Jokic had yelled to draw the ejection.

''You'd have to ask him,'' Malone said.

Jokic did not make himself available to reporters after the game.

After losing four consecutive games, the Clippers have won two straight.

''Our throw-out (ejection) defense is phenomenal,'' Rivers quipped. ''That was part of our gameplan.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Denver opened the season with a 107-98 victory over the Clippers. Rivers on the difference between the Nuggets then and now: ''They believe now,'' he said. ''And they're at that point, where it really doesn't matter who they have on the floor. That's how confident they've become.''

Clippers: Rivers slipped and fell awkwardly on the sideline during Thursday's game against the Mavericks. At first he was concerned he had injured his knee, but now says it is fine. ''You know what my first thought was?'' Rivers said. ''On the off-days, I can't golf.''

PAINT DOMINANCE

Rivers said the Clippers controlling the inside game was not just a reflection of the Los Angeles frontline playing well, but also of guards driving aggressively to the basket.

''Just attacks,'' Rivers said. ''We played downhill.''

MISSING BIG PIECE

Jokic leads the Nuggets in scoring (18.2) and rebounding (10.0), and in his last five games had averaged 26.6 points and 12.8 rebounds.

''He's our best player,'' Morris said. ''When you lose him, it's tough. He usually initiates a lot of the offense. We couldn't call him back.''

Jamal Murray had 18 points for Denver, and Morris 15.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Continue on the road to meet the Warriors on Tuesday.

Clippers: Play Sunday at the Warriors.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
T. Harris
34 SF
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
21.3 Pts. Per Game 21.3
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
8.3 Reb. Per Game 8.3
48.5 Field Goal % 50.7
48.8 Three Point % 50.9
84.7 Free Throw % 87.7
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:10
  Defensive rebound by Tyrone Wallace 0:32
  Offensive rebound by Tyler Lydon 0:43
  Thomas Welsh missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:47
+ 2 Boban Marjanovic made dunk 0:58
  Defensive rebound by Mike Scott 1:03
  Brandon Goodwin missed floating jump shot 1:05
+ 2 Tyrone Wallace made turnaround jump shot 1:30
  Offensive rebound by Tyrone Wallace 1:35
  Boban Marjanovic missed jump shot 1:37
+ 3 Thomas Welsh made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Goodwin 1:51
Team Stats
Points 111 132
Field Goals 41-97 (42.3%) 53-92 (57.6%)
3-Pointers 9-31 (29.0%) 10-20 (50.0%)
Free Throws 20-25 (80.0%) 16-17 (94.1%)
Total Rebounds 41 60
Offensive 13 13
Defensive 24 43
Team 4 4
Assists 21 28
Steals 10 7
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 9 15
Fouls 16 23
Technicals 2 1
19 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
21 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 21-10 26332725111
home team logo Clippers 19-13 34343529132
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 21-10 109.1 PPG 47.7 RPG 24.0 APG
home team logo Clippers 19-13 114.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 25.3 APG
Key Players
N. Jokic C 25.1 PPG 13.0 RPG 8.4 APG 50.6 FG%
T. Harris SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
N. Jokic C 19 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
T. Harris SF 21 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
42.3 FG% 57.6
29.0 3PT FG% 50.0
80.0 FT% 94.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Jokic 19 6 3 7/15 2/2 3/3 2 20 0 1 4 2 4 -16 28
J. Murray 18 3 2 6/16 1/6 5/5 0 30 1 0 1 0 3 -17 25
M. Plumlee 8 9 4 3/8 0/0 2/4 4 29 2 0 3 2 7 -17 24
J. Hernangomez 8 3 0 3/8 1/4 1/3 3 23 0 1 0 1 2 -8 12
T. Craig 6 5 0 2/5 0/1 2/2 0 26 0 1 0 3 2 -11 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Jokic 19 6 3 7/15 2/2 3/3 2 20 0 1 4 2 4 -16 28
J. Murray 18 3 2 6/16 1/6 5/5 0 30 1 0 1 0 3 -17 25
M. Plumlee 8 9 4 3/8 0/0 2/4 4 29 2 0 3 2 7 -17 24
J. Hernangomez 8 3 0 3/8 1/4 1/3 3 23 0 1 0 1 2 -8 12
T. Craig 6 5 0 2/5 0/1 2/2 0 26 0 1 0 3 2 -11 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Morris 15 1 5 6/9 1/3 2/2 1 24 1 0 1 0 1 -19 26
T. Lyles 13 3 0 5/8 1/3 2/3 2 17 0 1 0 1 2 -14 17
M. Beasley 11 4 1 5/14 0/3 1/1 3 28 5 0 0 2 2 -8 22
T. Welsh 8 0 1 3/7 2/5 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 +3 10
B. Goodwin 5 0 3 1/3 1/1 2/2 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 +5 11
N. Young 0 0 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 13 0 1 0 0 0 -6 3
T. Lydon 0 3 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 9 1 0 0 2 1 +3 6
P. Millsap - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Barton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 37 21 41/97 9/31 20/25 16 234 10 5 9 13 24 -105 196
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 21 4 2 7/11 3/5 4/4 1 24 1 0 0 1 3 +17 30
T. Harris 21 7 3 7/15 3/5 4/4 0 26 0 0 1 2 5 +14 33
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 14 2 6 6/10 0/0 2/2 2 32 2 1 0 0 2 +23 31
A. Bradley 9 1 3 4/6 1/1 0/0 3 22 1 1 1 0 1 +17 17
M. Gortat 4 11 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 2 19 0 1 1 3 8 +9 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 21 4 2 7/11 3/5 4/4 1 24 1 0 0 1 3 +17 30
T. Harris 21 7 3 7/15 3/5 4/4 0 26 0 0 1 2 5 +14 33
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 14 2 6 6/10 0/0 2/2 2 32 2 1 0 0 2 +23 31
A. Bradley 9 1 3 4/6 1/1 0/0 3 22 1 1 1 0 1 +17 17
M. Gortat 4 11 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 2 19 0 1 1 3 8 +9 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Harrell 20 10 0 9/11 0/0 2/3 2 19 0 1 0 3 7 +12 31
P. Beverley 12 4 1 4/6 2/4 2/2 4 18 0 1 1 0 4 +5 18
M. Scott 9 5 4 4/7 1/3 0/0 1 23 2 0 1 2 3 +2 23
T. Wallace 8 4 0 4/9 0/1 0/0 5 20 1 0 1 1 3 +8 12
B. Marjanovic 6 5 0 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 3 0 5 0 8
L. Williams 6 0 7 2/5 0/1 2/2 1 16 0 0 5 0 0 -1 15
S. Thornwell 2 3 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 1 2 -1 6
L. Mbah a Moute - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Delgado - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 132 56 28 53/92 10/20 16/17 23 234 7 5 15 13 43 +105 241