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Kenneth Faried scored 18 points to lead Denver over Los Angeles in the NBA preseason-opener.
Eric Bledsoe led the Clippers with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists on 12 of 17 shooting. Jamal Crawford came off the bench and added 19 points and five assists. Matt Barnes had 15 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
The Nuggets had a solid shooting night, hitting 53 percent of their field goals and 47 percent of their 3-pointers. Denver struggled at the free-throw line, however, connecting on just 62 percent of its foul shots. Los Angeles hit 51 percent of its field goals and 70 percent of its free throws, but the Clippers made a meager 27 percent of their 3s.
Next up for Denver is a date at San Antonio on Friday at 6:30 p.m. MT. The Clippers travel to Beijing for a Thursday game against the Miami Heat. Tip-off is set for 5:30 a.m. MT.