Denver (18-15) at LA Clippers (19-11)

By JEFF BARTL, STATS Writer Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 Tipoff: 10:30 pm EST Wed Feb 22, 2012

Injuries have hit the Denver Nuggets hard, coinciding with their recent struggles.

One of their few victories in the rough stretch came against the Los Angeles Clippers, who also aren’t playing their best basketball of late.

Short-handed Denver visits Los Angeles on Wednesday night as the Clippers look to avoid the first three-game skid of the Chris Paul era.

The Nuggets have been without Danilo Gallinari (left ankle) since Feb. 8 and Nene (left calf strain) since Feb. 14, while key reserve Rudy Fernandez missed his second straight game Monday with a lower back strain.

Making matters worse, Ty Lawson left in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle and is day to day. Backup point guard Andre Miller was ejected in the third.

Denver persevered, though, as Al Harrington had a season-high 31 points off the bench and Arron Afflalo scored with 33.7 seconds remaining in a 103-101 overtime win over Minnesota.

The Nuggets (18-15) had lost 10 of 13.

“We needed this one,” swingman Corey Brewer told the team’s official website. “After the two tough losses we had, we had to get this one. We were able to get it. Now we have to build on it.”

Coach George Karl said Nene may be back later in the week, while he expects Gallinari to return shortly after the All-Star break.

“Nobody said it was going to be easy,” Harrington told the team’s official website. “Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us. Everybody just has to pull their weight a little bit more. When Andre got kicked out, I just told the guys

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