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April 20, 2012

LA Clippers defeat the Denver Nuggets at the Mile-High

Chris Paul is taking over as the Clippers biggest star. With little help from Kenyon Martin, they took an important win at Denver.

By Stephen Lars

Some might say it was something like the return of the prodigy son. Whatever it was, whatever especial motivation he had for pulling such a great game against his previous team, one thing is for certain: Kenyon Martin was the man who made it possible for the Clippers to take a 104-98 win over the Denver Nuggets in thie Mile-High Stadium in Colorado. His consistent performance in the fourth quarter, particularly in clutch time, was decisive in giving his former squad (where he spent the previous seven seasons) a loss at home. Martin finished the night with a tip-in that put the Nuggets ahead in the scoreboard and a blocked shot to keep it that way. Just to put this into the right perspective, both game changing plays came in the last 30 seconds of regulation.

Martin finished the night with a tip-in that put the Nuggets ahead in the scoreboard and a blocked shot to keep it that way

At the end, Martin tipped in Chris Paul’s missed shot with 27 seconds left and the game tied at 96 points apiece. On the following play he went back to put on one heck of a defense to block Ty Lawson’s shot when there were only 20 seconds left in the match. With a pair of free shots, Chris Paul managed to give the visiting team a four-point advantage in the last 20 seconds of the game. Ty Lawson was able to get the Nuggets back within two-points when he completed both of his free throws. But at the end, Denver defense had no answer for a brilliant Mo Williams who was simply on fire during the fourth quarter, gave them one final blow scoring two free-throws before Chris Paul finished the game with an uncontested dunk.

The Clippers were guided by Chris Paul who finished the night with 21 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds for the night. Considering that the other star, Blake Griffin wasn’t having his best night ever, scoring only 12 points and recording 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes of play, it was going to be up to Mo Wiliams to get things going for the Clippers. Williams finished the night with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. The Denver Nuggets put on a good fight, but at the end it wasn’t enough to make the most out of their home team advantage. Ty Lawson gave it all that he had, but despite finishing the night with 24 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds, the Denver Nuggets would end up losing their first home game since March 19th.

Things in the Western Conference are getting quite interesting as the regular season comes to an end. The Clippers went into somewhat of a slump in March, but things have certainly been improving ever since. The Clippers have managed to win 13 of their last 15 games to really put the pressure on the LA Lakers for the first spot in the Pacific Division. At 39-23 for the season, the other team from Los Angeles is doing a good job stealing some of the Lakers’ thunder and keeping things very competitive at the Staples Center. The Denver Nuggets, on the other hand, need to keep on fighting if they want to hold on to the last spot in the Playoffs berth in the Western Conference. 

About the Author

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.