It’s now 14 and counting for the LA Clippers who now hold the longest winning streak in the NBA this season and of course they have already recorder the longest winning streak in the history of the franchise. This time it was the Denver Nuggets who fell to the top formed LA team, 112-100 on the last game of the Christmas Day.
As usual, the Clippers bench turned on fire but this time they didn’t wait till the last quarter, as they usually do. Instead they picked up their performance right from the start. They managed to score a season-high 42 points in the second quarter, while holding their opponents to just 22. The bench scored 28 of those 42 points and the lead was extended to 67-48 by halftime. That outburst was enough to give LA the win and all they really had to do was to just maintain their advantage through the next half. Crawford with 22 points, Barnes with 20 and Eric Bledsoe with 12 points led the way for the Clippers. The starters also performed well but didn’t have to do anything more than to just keep the engine warm, as the reserves had already done the dirty job. The exciting crowd in the Staples Center had the opportunity to enjoy a perfect Christmas Day game that included several highflying dunks and breakaway highlight moments, with Blake Griffin being the protagonist once again. He finished with 13 points while Chris Paul had 14 to go along with 8 assists. Lamar Odom had a smooth performance with 6 points and also 10 rebounds. “We had good bench production tonight, especially in that second quarter, and at the end of the third a little bit to withstand their run. Just a good, overall team effort.” Said Clippers Coach Vinnie Del Negro.
The Clippers are now lying at the top of the Western Conference with a 22-6 record and also have the best record in the entire league, after Oklahoma City fell to the Miami Heat a few hours before. “It’s nice, but it’s Christmas and we have a long way to … a lot of games to play and a lot of improving to do.” , said Coach Vinnie Del Negro, meaning that the team shouldn’t rest on their up to this point successful run.
For the Nuggets, starting center Kostas Koufos had a great game with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ty Lawson finished with 15. However, their star forward Danillo Gallinari was ice-cold shooting just 1-10 from the field to finish with 7 points.
The game at Staples Center started just 7.30 hours after the Lakers game was finished and it was really challenging for the stadium’s staff to have everything set up till tipoff. The Clippers have now improved to a 13-3 record at home.