L.A. Clippers Denver 103 95
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:30 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #52 Scott Twardoski, #57 Greg Willard, #40 Leon Wood
Attendance - 19163
Paul was 11 of 16 from the field and made 11 of 12 free throws.
The Clippers led 89-83 but Denver used a 7-0 run to take back the lead, 90-89 with 7:26 left. That was the final field goal the Nuggets (18-16) made as they missed their final 13 shots. Griffin scored six of the Clippers final 12 points as they pulled away.
DeAndre Jordan grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 10 for the Clippers (20-11), who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Jordan Hamilton had his best game of the season for the Nuggets, scoring a season-best 18 points, including 4 of 5 on 3-pointers, and grabbing seven rebounds.
Denver’s Arron Afflalo had 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
Nuggets reserve Al Harrington had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. Kenneth Faried had 12 points and nine rebounds.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said he is pleased overall with the Clippers as they heading into the All-Star break. “I’m pleased with the way the guys have kind of tried to come together with a lot of moving parts,” Del Negro said. “I think overall the guys have really stayed together and grinded some wins out for us, which has put us in a good position.” … Nene (calf injury) has played in just 23 of Denver’s 34 games and might not be 100 percent healthy until next season, according to coach George Karl. … Los Angeles’ Mo Williams was just 2 of 16 and made just 1 of 9 3-pointers.
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Golden State 104, L.A. Clippers 97
Monday, February 20, 2012 10:30 PM
Location - Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Officials - #18 Matt Boland, #72 J.T. Orr, #9 Derrick Stafford
Attendance - 19596
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WARRIORS 104, CLIPPERS 97: Brandon Rush hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and Monta Ellis scored 32 points for host Golden State.
David Lee had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Ekpe Udoh added a career-best 19 points as the Warriors scored the game’s final nine points to snap a three-game losing streak.
Chris Paul scored 24 points, Mo Williams had 22 points and drained a season-best six 3-pointers and Blake Griffin scored 21 for the Clippers.
Williams scored 13 final-quarter points and put Los Angeles ahead 97-95 on a basket with 3:15 to play. Rush hit the decisive 3-pointer with 2:07 remaining and the Clippers never scored again while suffering their second consecutive loss.
Ellis drove for a hoop, Stephen Curry hit two free throws and Nate Robinson floated in a driving basket to finish off Los Angeles.
Reggie Evans had a season-best 12 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan grabbed 11 boards and Griffin added nine as the Clippers had a 46-38 rebounding edge.
The Warriors led 74-67 after a 3-pointer by Ellis with 4:16 left in the third quarter. The Clippers cut the margin to three points entering the final stanza and took a 78-77 lead on a 3-pointer by Williams with 10:49 to play.
Golden State led 29-23 after one quarter and increased the lead to 10 points early in the second quarter. The Clippers battled back and Paul hit back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to conclude a 12-0 surge that gave Los Angeles a 38-35 advantage with 7:26 left in the half.
The Warriors responded with an 11-3 run, taking a five-point lead on a hoop by Ellis with 3:35 remaining. The game was tied 56-56 at halftime.
Paul had 20 points in the first half and Ellis had 18.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Udoh reached double figures for the third time this season and made his first start of the campaign because Andris Biedrins missed the game with flu-like symptoms. … Williams has made seven 3-pointers in a game three times in his eight-year career. … Golden State forward Dorell Wright was scoreless for the second straight game and has missed 13 shots in the two contests. … The Clippers committed 17 turnovers to Golden State’s nine.
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“Lob City” is getting another tool to play with very soon. Kenyon Martin is a former no. 1 overall pick that had tremendous athleticism, not too unlike Blake Griffin, coming out of college. However, injuries derailed his promising career, much like Antonio McDyess, and the original K-Mart was forced to adapt his game to fit his reduced athleticism. This past year, because of the NBA lockout, a number of Denver’s players were unable to go without a paycheck and opted to take their talents to China. Among those on this list were Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin, and Aaron Brooks (not on the Denver Nuggets). The departure of these three Nugget players allowed the team to move on, as each one carried a certain type of baggage. Chandler is known to dribble into traffic too much, thus disrupting the offense; J.R. Smith takes many, many, many ill-advised shots (although he is one of the streakiest and most talented shooters in the league); and K-Mart is old, decrepit, and has never played a full season. Since 2008, he has played in 66 games, 58 games, and 48 games each season out of a possible 82. Those are not very reliable numbers, despite his great deal of talent. Now that FIBA released K-Mart from his Chinese Basketball Association contract, he recently signed with the L.A. Clippers, figuring to be the first big man off the bench playing behind the young tandem of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
How will he improve the Clippers? Last season with Denver, in a starting role when he did play, he averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 25 minutes. He shot 51% from the floor and came close to averaging a steal and a block per game also, as he has done most of his career. Those are not bad numbers for a player coming off the bench. For a starter, those are subpar, but if he can bring some consistent energy-free minutes off the bench in L.A., he may yet just give them a good amount of depth to get ready for the playoffs. He defends the post quite well and battles bigger players more efficiently than you might think, considering he has terrible knees and is only 6’9 240lbs. He also crashes the defensive boards well enough to offset Blake Griffin’s high offensive rebounding percentage, thus making him able to complement Blake when they’re on the floor together.
Other contenders, including the Heat and the Atlanta Hawks, coveted the 34-year-old Forward-Center. The Miami Heat are desperate for more big men to fill the gaping hole in the middle where Joel Anthony claims to reside. The Hawks lost Al Horford for the season to injury and could have really used another veteran big man to play alongside Zaza Pachulia. Besides his defense, the Clippers can count on K-Mart to bring a high shooting percentage and efficient offensive usage to their team. Fans should be wary and temper their expectations, though, because Kenyon Martin’s legs could give up on him at any moment.
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