Clippers Schedule 2012: Showdown With Oklahoma City Starts Northwestern Divison Gauntlet

The Los Angeles Clippers secured a huge win on Sunday night with their 109-105 comeback triumph in Denver, but they have no time to rest on their laurels as the week ahead provides three worthy challenges in their own right. The Clippers have games this week against the teams with the three best records in the Northwest Division, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Denver Nuggets, and Utah Jazz. Here is a look at this week's schedule:

Monday - Oklahoma City Thunder at Clippers, 7:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket, NBA TV): Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder come to town, winners of four straight games and at 16-3 with the best record in the NBA. Oklahoma City was also off on Saturday and Sunday while the Clippers will be playing the second night of a back-to-back set.

Wednesday - Clippers at Utah Jazz, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, Prime Ticket): By now these numbers don't even seem real, but the Clippers have lost 16 straight and 42 of their last 43 games in Utah, including a 108-79 shellacking by the Jazz on January 17.

Thursday - Denver Nuggets at Clippers, 7:30 p.m. (TNT): The Clippers are exclusively on TNT for the second straight week, looking for their second win over the Nuggets in five days.

Saturday - Clippers at Washington Wizards, 4 p.m. (Prime Ticket): The start of the Grammy road trip, a six-game, 10-day affair, begins with a gimme in the nation's capital. The Clippers have struggled on the road, but they should be able to beat a Washington team that begins the week at 4-16.

For more news and notes on the Clippers, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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