NBA: Clippers' 17-game win streak comes to an end

2013-01-02T00:00:00Z NBA: Clippers' 17-game win streak comes to an endThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DENVER - Danilo Gallinari led six Nuggets players in double figures with 17 points, and Denver stopped the Clippers' franchise- record winning streak at 17 games with a 92-78 victory Tuesday night.

The Clippers' streak was the longest in the NBA since the Boston Celtics won 19 straight from in November and December 2008.

Kenneth Faried added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who won their eighth straight at home.

The Clippers, whose point total was two above their season-low, were hurt by poor shooting from three-point range (5 of 29, 17.2 percent) and the free-throw line (13 of 29, 44.8 percent). Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe had 12 points apiece to lead Los Angeles.

The loss also ended a franchise-record seven-game road winning streak for the Clippers, who hadn't been beaten since a 105-98 setback against New Orleans on Nov. 26.

Andre Miller, starting in place of point guard Ty Lawson, had 12 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets. Lawson, the team said, has been bothered by tightness in his left Achilles' tendon for the past week, forcing him to miss a game for the first time this season.

Forward Andre Iguodala helped out at point guard and chipped in with 12 points and eight assists for Denver, which lost to the Clippers in Los Angeles, 112-100 on Christmas Day.

After Eric Bledsoe hit a three-pointer to pull the Clippers to 65-58 with 1:54 left in the third quarter, the Nuggets scored eight of the next nine points, including JaVale McGee's first three-pointer of the season at the buzzer to take a 75-59 lead into the fourth quarter. McGee, who had a dunk off an alley-oop pass from Andre Miller on Denver's previous possession, hadn't even tried a three-pointer in a game all season until then.

The Clippers cut it to 87-73 with 4:02 remaining when Griffin made one of two free throws but the Nuggets, as they did throughout the game, had an answer with Iguodala getting loose in the paint for a slam. The Clippers didn't threaten the rest of the way.

• Trail Blazers 105, Knicks 100: In New York, Portland overcame Carmelo Anthony's 45 points and spoiled Amare Stoudemire's season debut for the Knicks.

Nicolas Batum scored 26 points for Portland, and Damian Lillard had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Stoudemire had six points on 3-of-8 shooting and one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench in his return from knee surgery. Anthony shot 14 of 24 and nearly led the Knicks back from 19 points down after missing two games with a knee injury, but the Trail Blazers had too many options.

• Hawks 95, Hornets 86: In New Orleans, Josh Smith scored 10 of his 23 points in the third quarter, and Al Horford added 20 points.

Kyle Korver had 14 and Zaza Pachulia 12 for the Hawks.

Hornets guard Eric Gordon, playing in his first home game this season, scored 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting. He made his season debut in a victory over Charlotte on Saturday after recovering from a knee injury.

• Mavericks 103, Wizards 94: In Washington, Vince Carter scored 23 points, O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison had 15 apiece, and the Mavericks snapped a six-game losing streak.

When the Wizards (4-25) took a 14-point lead early in the second quarter, Dallas, which had arrived in Washington in the midst of its longest skid in nearly 14 years, rallied. The Mavericks trailed by four at halftime and outscored the Wizards 35-19 in the third to take an 83-71 lead.

• Pistons 103, Kings 97: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pistons held on for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Sacramento cut a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to one, and Detroit led 100-97 after Austin Daye made a three-pointer with the shot clock running down with 11.5 seconds left.

Detroit has won five of six, in large part because of terrific play from its reserves. The group scored 44 points Tuesday despite losing Charlie Villanueva to a second-quarter ejection.

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