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Clippers hand Western Conference leading Nuggets biggest loss of the season


The Los Angeles Clippers have put their four-game losing streak behind them with two impressive victories over Western Conference rivals.

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After losing to the Raptors, Spurs, Thunder and Blazers, the Clippers bounced back emphatically by defeating the Mavericks Thursday before proving they're still a force in the West Saturday.

While Denver has surprised many with their play this season, it wasn't to be on this day.

From the opening moments, it was clear the Clippers weren't playing around as they took control of the contest and never took their foot off the gas to ran away with the 132-111 victory.

It is the biggest margin of defeat the Nuggets have suffered so far in the 2018-19 season.

Tobias Harris got off to the hot start, piling on 19 points in the first half before finishing with an equal team-high 21 points along with Danilo Gallinari. Canadian rookie Shai-Gilgeous Alexander finished the afternoon with 14 points (on 6-for-10 shooting) and six assists.

All season long, the Clippers' bench has proved to be one of the best in the league and it stood out once again Saturday.

Montrezl Harrell was the key and he was simply unstoppable during the third quarter, putting the result beyond doubt.

Harrell ended the contest with 20 points and 10 rebounds in only 19 minutes of playing time.

For the Nuggets, their starting five struggled to get anything going and their hopes of pulling off the win took a huge hit when Nikola Jokic was ejected in the third frame.

The Clippers will head to the Bay Area for a meeting with the Golden State Warriors on Monday, while the Nuggets gets a few days off before a meeting against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.

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