Nuggets 107, Clippers 92

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DENVER -- Ty Lawson had 21 points and 11 assists, Danilo Gallinari scored 20 and the Denver Nuggets used a strong second half to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-92 on Thursday for their seventh straight win.
Kenneth Faried had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won 12 straight home games and moved to 19 games above .500.
Denver won the season series with the Clippers, giving it the tiebreaker should it come into play at the end of the year. Los Angeles, sitting No. 3 in the Western Conference, is two-and-a-half games ahead of the Nuggets but plays just eight times against teams with a winning record.
The Nuggets, meanwhile, have a chance to record their best home record in franchise history. They need to win nine of their last 11 at Pepsi Center to reach 36 and set the record.
If anyone was going to beat them in Denver, it was L.A. The Clippers had won 9 of 10 and five straight on the road coming into Thursday but fatigue and a scorching opponent caught up to them.
The Nuggets got hot in the third, riding the shooting of Andre Iguodala and Gallinari. Iguodala hit two 3-pointers and Gallinari scored 10 points -- including an alley-oop dunk on a pass from Lawson -- as Denver went from down one to ahead 79-64 with 3:11 left in the period.
The Clippers were able to get within 10 heading into the fourth and made it 88-80 on Chris Paul's 3-pointer with 10 minutes left but then they went cold. They missed six of their next seven shots and scored just two points over the next five minutes as Denver pulled away.
Matt Barnes led the Clippers with 19 off the bench and Blake Griffin had 17 to go along with a season-low two rebounds. Paul finished with 16 points and 10 assists.
NOTES: Jamal Crawford, the Clippers' second-leading scorer at 17.2 points a game, didn't play because of a sore left ankle. ... Since the start of the 2007-08 season, teams coming from the West Coast to Denver to play the second game of a back-to-back were 3-41 before Thursday. The last team to win in Denver the night after playing on the West Coast was the Miami Heat, on Nov. 15 of this season. ... After Thursday, the Nuggets have 19 games left and are sitting in fifth place in the Western Conference. Denver coach George Karl said the team in concentrating on catching the Memphis Grizzlies, who are fourth, and not the Clippers, who are third. "I don't even know who the Clippers are playing (in their last 18 games), but I do know who Memphis is playing, and I know our schedule," he said. "If we put 52 (wins) on the board, we can go home and be proud of what we've done. It might take more than that."

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