‘Twas the Clippers on Christmas, when all through their house
Not a Nugget was stirring, not even Koufos.
All the dunks were lobbed to Blake Griffin with care
In the hopes that a victory soon would be there.
The fans were nestled all snug in their seats,
While in their heads were visions of Nugget defeat.
And del Negro in his suit, and I with my beer,
Had just settled down with nothing to fear.
Ok, that was pretty bad. Games on Christmas Day are just set up for cheesy Christmas-themed rhymes. But do you know what was not bad? The Los Angeles Clippers‘ 112-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets, improving their winning streak to 14-straight.
It certainly looked like the Clippers were happy to be home for the holidays. They put on quite the show, shooting 44% from the 3-point line, much to the appreciation of the fans. An active defense, exciting steals, and fast breaks down the court made for a fun time. The Nuggets did rally in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Clippers 24-19 and shooting 61%. But by that point, it didn’t matter. Yet again, the bench proved crucial to the team’s success, outscoring the starters 64-48.
For the Clippers, Jamal Crawford led the team with 22 points, and Matt Barnes followed with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Chris Paul contributed 14 points and 8 assists.
For the Nuggets, Kosta Koufos put up 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Hamilton added 16 points.
The Clippers now have the best record in the NBA at 22-6, but that doesn’t necessarily mean smooth sailing from here. The Clippers still have their own issues to fix if they hope to continue their success- for example, the number of turnovers they give up that often keep games closer than they should be.
The Clippers stay home to face the Boston Celtics tomorrow, hoping to further extend their franchise-record winning streak.