Clippers Begin Four-Game Road Trip With Loss To Nuggets

The Clippers are 2-12 in their last 14 games against the Nuggets.

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Clippers Fall To Nuggets, 111-104

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony netted 30 points and had six assists to pace the Denver Nuggets over the Los Angeles Clippers, 111-104. Al Harrington added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Arron Afflalo scored 16 for Denver, which has alternated wins and losses through its first five games.

Blake Griffin continues to shine in his first season, logging 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who were coming off their first win, a surprising 107-92 win over Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Eric Bledsoe scored 12 points and dished out 13 assists in defeat.

The Nuggets never led in the first half but trailed by just four, 28-24, after the first quarter and made it a one-point game, 54-53, at the half.

Denver finally hit its stride in the third, scoring seven straight points early on, with Anthony's 18-footer yielding a 60-56 advantage.

The hosts ended the frame on an 8-2 run, as Anthony's driving layup close to the buzzer resulted in an 82-71 cushion with a quarter to play.

The closest LA got in the final stanza was six, 93-87, following an Eric Gordon free throw with 6:42 remaining. Denver responded with six straight points, as Ty Lawson's running bank shot made it a 12-point game to help the Nuggets pull away for good.

Nuggets center Nene missed a second straight game with a groin injury...LA guard Baron Davis missed his third straight with a cyst behind his left knee...Gordon and Craig Smith scored 21 and 18 points, respectively, for the Clippers, who shot just 2-for-15 from three-point range...Chauncey Billups finished with 12 points and seven assists for Denver, which is 10-1 over the past 11 contests in this series...Los Angeles is winless in its last eight visits to the Rocky Mountains.

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Clippers At Nuggets: Probable Lineups & Injury Report

The Los Angeles Clippers look for their first road victory of the season tonight in Denver against the Nuggets at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won last year's season series, 2-1, and have beaten the Clippers seven straight times at home. Here is a look at tonight's probably starting lineups and injury report:

Clippers

Point Guard: Eric Bledsoe

Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon

Small Forward: Ryan Gomes

Power Forward: Blake Griffin

Center: Chris Kaman

Randy Foye is likely out with a strained left hamstring. Baron Davis is questionable with a sore left knee.

Nuggets

Point Guard: Chauncey Billups

Shooting Guard: Arron Afflalo

Small Forward: Gary Forbes

Power Forward: Carmelo Anthony

Center: Shelden Williams

Nene missed Wednesday night's game with a left groin strain, and is not expected to play again tonight. Coach George Karl said playing Nene would be a game-time decision tonight.

Tonight's 7:30 p.m. PDT game is one of four Clippers' games this season on ESPN. In addition, the game is on Prime Ticket.

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Clippers Begin Four-Game Road Trip Tonight Against Nuggets

(Sports Network) - A groin injury to Denver Nuggets center Nene could hinder the team's success down low, but the two-time defending Northwest Division champions will try to push on starting with Friday's tilt with the Los Angeles Clippers from the Pepsi Center.

Nene apparently suffered the problem in a loss to the New Orleans Hornets last Friday and continued to play through pain, posting 12 points and 12 rebounds in a win against Houston the following night. He did not dress in Denver's 102-101 loss versus Dallas on Wednesday and is listed as questionable tonight.

Disgruntled forward Carmelo Anthony, who wants to be traded, missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer in that one and ended with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Arron Afflalo netted 17 points, while both Chauncey Billups and Al Harrington each scored 16 points for the Nuggets, who have alternated wins and losses over their first four games of the season.

"We had a couple of missed opportunities that was the difference between us winning and losing," Harrington said.

The Nuggets will begin a three-game road trip through Dallas, Chicago and Indiana after tonight's home game versus the Clippers.

Los Angeles finally registered its first win under new head coach Vinny Del Negro with Wednesday's 107-92 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the finale of a three-game homestand.

Eric Gordon had 27 points, rookie Blake Griffin muscled his way to 18 points and nine rebounds and fellow first-year player Eric Bledsoe added 17 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who made 52.5 percent of their shots.

"It feels really good," Gordon said after beginning the year 0-4. "We grinded it out and put it together, and beating a good team like Oklahoma City made it feel even better."

LA went 1-2 on the homestand and will commence a four-game road trip tonight against the Nuggets. Jazz, Hornets and Spurs. Clippers guard Baron Davis is expected to miss Friday's game with a cyst behind his left knee. Davis hasn't played in the last two games.

Denver won two of three meetings with the Clippers last season and is 9-1 in the previous 10 contests in this series. Los Angeles is winless in its last seven visits to the Rocky Mountains.

For more Clippers news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Clips Nation.

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