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Can the Nuggets carry momentum from OKC’s win in Los Angeles?

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With a full day to savor the overtime victory that started with a big fourth-quarter rally, the Denver Nuggets Head to Los Angeles for their first meeting of the season vs clippers on Friday night.

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The Nuggets fell by 15 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder before rallying to eventually win 131-126 in the overtime period. Aaron Gordon rushed for 17 of 31 points in the fourth quarter, while Nikola Jokic scored 10 of 39.

Denver shot 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the field in the fourth quarter and overtime combined for just their second victory in five games. The Nuggets have only gone 2-4 over their last six contests after winning four to open November.

Whether the Nuggets are ready for another winning run depends largely on their health. They picked up the win against the Thunder despite playing without starters Jamal Murray (heel) and Michael Porter Jr. (remaining). Also missing were Ish Smith (calf), Jeff Green (knee), Bones Hyland (illness) and Payton Watson (illness).

The win was achieved by ten active players, nine of whom watched the time on the field. Jokic played 43 minutes, while Bruce Brown used 45 minutes of play to score 17 points along with 10 assists and 13 rebounds for his first triple-double.

“I kept thinking in the back of my mind, I don’t want to celebrate Thanksgiving with two (consecutive) losses,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “This allows you to fly to LA, have a nice day (Thursday), eat a group meal, party and try to take care of some business In Los Angeles”

The Clippers returned home after losing 124-107 to the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco on Wednesday. The Clippers played without superstars Paul George (hamstring) and Kawhi Leonard (ankle) and never threatened after trailing 66-47 at halftime.

Los Angeles received 19 points from Marcus Morris Sr. and 17 points each from Terrence Mann and Norman Powell. The defense held Stephen Curry (22 points) to his season average of 31.6 points per game, but Andrew Wiggins had 31 points and went 6-of-10 from 3-point range.

Los Angeles entered the game on a three-game winning streak after Leonard returned from residual knee pain following surgery that cost him the entire 2021-22 season, but fell with their captain sidelined again. Sharpshooter Luke Kennard (The Calf) also came out.

“I wish we were at full strength against anyone,” coach Tyrone Law said when asked if he was disappointed he wasn’t able to test his full roster against the Warriors. “Just to get our rhythm and decide how we want to play. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case this year, but it’s coming.”

He described Leonard’s absence as precautionary after he rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter of Monday’s home win over the Utah Jazz, but George has now missed two straight games, while Kennard has missed the last four.

Like the Nuggets on Wednesday, the Clippers kept up 10 healthy players.

“I love the way we kept fighting,” Law was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying.

–Field level of arguments

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