After winning their final 17 games to close out 2012, the Clippers lost their first game of 2013, falling to the Denver Nuggets 92-78.
The Clippers trailed by five points at haltime, but were able to overcome early deficits during the winning streak. This time, however, they went the opposite direction as a poor third quarter doomed any hope of a comeback. Denver outscored the clippers, 27-16, during the third quarter opening a 16-point lead. The Clippers shot just 28.6 percent during the quarter including going 1 of 8 on three-point attempts.
Los Angeles entered the game shooting 35.5 percent on three-point attempts but made just 5 of 29 three-point attempts on Tuesday. Jamal Crawford was one of the cold-shooting Clippers, as he made 2 of 11 attempts and 0 of 5 three-point attempts. Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 12 points while DeAndre Jordan finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Six different Nuggets scored in double figures including Danilo Gallinari who scored a game-high 17 points. Tuesday's loss was the Clippers' first since Nov. 26.