Griffin, Jordan each score 18, Clippers beat Nuggets 111-94
DENVER (AP) Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each scored 18 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 111-94 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Jordan finished with 11 rebounds and four blocks, while Griffin had 10 rebounds. Chris Paul had 15 points and 10 assists to give the Clippers (7-7) three players with double-doubles.
The Clippers, who hadn’t been under .500 this far into a season under Doc Rivers, made eight 3-pointers after coming into the game at 31.3 percent.
The Clippers hit their first four shots from deep, missed their next seven but found the stroke again when Jamal Crawford hit a halfcourt shot to give them an 83-72 lead at the end of the third.
Danilo Gallinari led Denver with 20 points and had a career-high 18 rebounds.
Crawford scored the Clippers’ first seven points of the fourth quarter to push the lead to 90-76. He finished with 15 points.
Denver started fouling Jordan, and the center was just 7 of 16 from the line in the fourth, but Denver couldn’t hit enough shots to close the gap.
His dunk on a lob from Paul gave the Clippers a 110-93 lead.
Griffin was struggling from the field until he hit a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock midway through the third. He hit two more shots and fed Jordan for a dunk to give the Clippers a 73-62 lead.
Rookie Nikola Jokic had 16 points and Gary Harris scored 14 for the Nuggets, who have lost four straight and fell to 3-5 at home.
Clippers: J.J. Redick had 16 points. ... Griffin reached double digits in rebounds for the first time in seven games. He averaged 6.5 boards in his previous six games. ... The Clippers were outrebounded for the 12th time in 14 games. They are 5-7 when that happens.
Nuggets: All of Gallinari’s rebounds came on the defensive end. ... F Kenneth Faried missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. With C Joffrey Lauvergne (low back strain) also out, the Nuggets were down to 11 players. ... Mike Miller made a rare first-half appearance and gave the Nuggets a jolt with two 3-pointers in seven minutes off the bench. He finished with nine points.
Clippers: Host Utah on Wednesday night.
Nuggets: Host San Antonio on Friday night.