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Gordon Scores 29 Points as the Nuggets Beat the Clippers 114-104

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(LOS ANGELES) – When the schedule came out, Denver coach Michael Malone knew that his team would have to be good on the road again if they wanted to do well in the Western Conference.

So far, Malone’s goal for the Nuggets to become road warriors has been met. The Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 114-104 on Friday night, thanks to Aaron Gordon’s 29 points and Jamal Murray’s 19 points. It was the Nuggets’ eighth road win of the season.

Denver has played 13 of its first 19 games away from Ball Arena and is 8-5. Last season, the team won a franchise-record 25 games away from home. “You know you have a good team when you win at that level on the road.”

Malone said after the Nuggets won their second straight game and third in a row, “Our challenge now is to go home and take care of business.” Nikola Jokic added 19 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists for the Nuggets. After a 10-point run, the Nuggets now have a 21-point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Since Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Luke Kennard were all hurt, the Clippers only had ten players, so John Wall scored a season-high 23 points. Leonard missed his second game in a row after he sprained his right ankle Monday night against Utah. George (right hamstring) has missed three games in a row, and Kennard (right calf) has missed the last four.

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Marcus Morris Sr. had 15 points, and Terance Mann had 16. In the first half, the Clippers turned the ball over 11 times. In the second half, they only did it three times. “In the first half, we were playing too loosely, but at halftime, we fixed it,” coach Tyronn Lue said.

“In the second half, we had our chances, and we got it to 7.” Because the margin of error is so small, we must seize such opportunities. But I think we did some great things, and we need to clean up some problems.”

Denver only had ten players when they beat Oklahoma City on Wednesday, but the return of Murray and Ish Smith helped. “It feels like we’re putting something together.” So this is something to build on,” added Gordon, who finished the game with 19 points.

The score remained 18-18 midway through the first quarter before the Nuggets scored nine straight points to take the lead for good.

At halftime, Denver was ahead 64-52, and with two minutes left in the third, Vlatko Cancar made two free throws to make it 85-68. This gave Denver a 17-point lead. At the end of the game, the Clippers came back and tied the score at 87-77.

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