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Faried and Lawson combine for 55, Nuggets pull out the close victory against Clippers

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Kenneth Faried finished with 28 points and added 11 rebounds, while Ty Lawson added 27 points and 6 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets sneak by the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-115. The Nuggets shot 40-83 (48.2%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 17 boards. Denver (23-23) gets one in the win column after losing to Toronto on Friday.

Faried went 11-13, in a strong performance. Other key players for Denver included J.J. Hickson with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Randy Foye with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Blake Griffin had another big game for Los Angeles in the loss, putting up 36 points on 13-21 shooting from the field and 10-16 from the free throw line. He also registered 11 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan added 19 points and 12 rebounds.

This drops Los Angeles (34-17) to 1-1 versus Denver on the season.

Coming up, the Nuggets square off against the Milwaukee Bucks, who are 9-39 on the season. The Clippers match up against the Miami Heat, currently sitting at 34-13 this year. The Clippers are 0-1 versus Miami this season.

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