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Nuggets Vs. Clippers: Denver Falls In The Fourth At The Staples Center

The Denver Nuggets were defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers 103-95 on Wednesday.

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Nuggets Vs. Clippers Final Score: Denver Falls 103-95

The Denver Nuggets stuck with the Los Angeles Clippers for the first three quarters at the Staples Center on Wednesday night, but a Denver roster depleted by injuries simply couldn't hang with high-flying Lob City. The Nuggets fell to the Clippers 103-95 in a clash of Western Conference playoff contenders. The win lifts LA to 20-11, while the Nuggets fall to 18-16.

Los Angeles was led by its star point guard, Chris Paul. Paul finished with 35 points and nine assists, making 11 of his 16 shots. All-Star power forward Blake Griffin also put on a show, finishing with 27 points, 12 rebounds, a couple of highlight reel dunks. DeAndre Jordan added 10 points and 16 rebounds (nine offensive) for the Clippers in the win.

Denver was led by shooting guard Arron Afflalo, who finished with 20 points and six rebounds. Rookie forward Jordan Hamilton provided a spark off the bench for George Karl's crew, adding 18 points and seven rebounds in defeat.

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Nuggets Vs. Clippers Score Update: LA Leads 80-79 After Three

Even playing short-handed without two stars (Nene and Ty Lawson) and two key reserves (Chris Andersen and Rudy Fernandez), the Denver Nuggets are giving the Los Angeles Clippers all they can handle tonight at the Staples Center. Denver trails by just by just a point, 80-79, after three quarters on Wednesday, led by an unlikely pair of rookies who seem to be putting together a set of breakout performances.

Jordan Hamilton has 15 points in 18 minutes tonight for the Nuggets on 5-of-9 shooting, numbers that include 3-of-4 makes from three-point range. Fellow rookie forward Kenneth Faried is also playing well, finishing the third with 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Arron Afflalo leads Denver with 19 points.

The Clippers are being led by star point guard Chris Paul, who has 34 points and eight assists on 11-of-14 shooting. Blake Griffin has added 21 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles.

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Nuggets Vs. Clippers Score Update: Denver Leads 54-52 At Halftime

A win over any team as talented as the 2012 Los Angeles Clippers would be a reason for celebration, but if Denver can finish the job over LA tonight, it would really be something special. Playing without starters Nene and Ty Lawson as well as key reserves Rudy Fernandez and Chris Andersen, Denver takes a 54-52 lead into halftime at the Staples Center on Wednesday night.

Arron Afflalo and rookie Jordan Hamilton are carrying the Nuggets. Afflalo finishes the half with 12 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Hamilton has 13 points in 13 minutes on 4-of-6 shooting. Fellow rookie Kenneth Faried and two-guard Corey Brewer each scored eight for Denver in the first half.

Star point guard Chris Paul has 13 points and three assists at the half to pace the Clippers. Starting center DeAndre Jordan already 12 rebounds (eight on the offensive end) and six points for the Clippers. Blake Griffin ends the first half with nine points.

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Nuggets Vs. Clippers Score Update: Denver, LA Tied After One

If you think the Denver Nuggets' injury report is beginning to resemble what should be the team's starting lineup, you aren't wrong. Heading into what should be a litmus test tonight against the high-flying Los Angeles Clippers, the Nuggets are playing without Ty Lawson, Nene, Rudy Fernandez, and Chris Andersen. All things considered, the Nuggets should be relatively pleased to be headed into the second quarter tied with LA at 27-27.

Rookie Jordan Hamilton did his thing in the first quarter, scoring a team-leading 10 points in just five minutes. The Texas product was 3-for-3 from the field that included two makes from three-point range. Guard Arron Afflalo and rookie forward Kenneth Faried each scored six in the first quarter to help pace Denver.

The Clips were led by guard Randy Foye, who scored eight points. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each have six points for Los Angeles.

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Ty Lawson Injury: Nuggets Guard Game-Time Decision Vs. Clippers

Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl updated the status of several injured players, including point guard Ty Lawson. Lawson, who injured his ankle against the Timberwolves on Monday night, is a game-time decision on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to the Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman.

If Lawson is unable to go, which is likely, Andre Miller -- ejected from Monday's game for arguing an offensive foul, 0-of-8 from the field -- will start. However, rookie Julyan Stone will certainly receive his fair share of minutes as well.

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Nuggets Vs. Clippers: Denver Visits Old Teammate Kenyon Martin In Los Angeles

For the first time since March 3, 2004, Kenyon Martin will face the Denver Nuggets as his opponent on the court. The Nuggets are on the road to play the Los Angeles Clippers in one of its last games before the All-Star Break. Martin has averaged five points and 4.4 rebounds over eight games so far this season.

The Nuggets' lineup will be hurting, as usual, with Ty Lawson now out with a left ankle sprain. The expected starting lineup is Andre Miller at point, Arron Afflalo at shooting guard, Corey Brewer at small forward, rookie Kenneth Faried at power forward and Timofey Mozgov at center. Rookie Julyan Stone should also see minutes at point guard.

Nene, Rudy Fernandez and Danilo Gallinari, in addition to Lawson, are either questionable or expected out until after the All-Star Break.

The Clippers and Nuggets have each won a game in the season series so far, but the Nuggets went 3-8 after that Feb. 2 victory. The Clippers have done a bit better with a 6-4 record, but they have dropped back-to-back games before Wednesday night's contest. Tony Parker dropped 30 points for the San Antonio Spurs on the Clippers while Monta Ellis put in 32 points for the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

Still, the Clippers offer tough matches with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the latter to be guarded by Faried. When the two teams last met, the Nuggets had its normal starting lineup on the court. It probably won't go as smoothly this time around.

Game time/date: 8:30 p.m. MT, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

TV: Altitude, Prime Ticket

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Ty Lawson Injury: Nuggets Guard Has Left Ankle Sprain, Will Be Day-To-Day

The Denver Nuggets can't shake the injury bug of late. In Monday's thrilling (and harrowing) overtime victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Nuggets lost Ty Lawson to a left ankle sprain, one that will have him listed as day-to-day. This is already the third injury for Lawson this season, and the second to his left ankle. He missed some time at the end of January due to that issue. His right foot bothered him during the start of the season in January.

If Lawson is unable to play over the next game or two, Andre Miller -- who was 0-for-8 from the field and ejected on Monday night -- would draw the start while giving way to rookie Julyan Stone for some more minutes in the back court

The Nuggets are already without starters Nene and Danilo Gallinari -- both likely to return some time after the All-Star Break -- and reserve Rudy Fernandez is dealing with a back issue, as well. Timofey Mozgov just came back from his own ankle injury, suffered earlier in the month in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Nuggets Vs. Timberwolves Final Score: Denver Picks Up 103-101 Overtime Win

The Denver Nuggets outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-101 in a wild, back-and-fourth game at the Pepsi Center on Monday night. The win wasn't without its consequences, though: starting point guard Ty Lawson left the game with a sprained left ankle after scoring 13 points in 16 minutes and did not return. The win moves Denver to 18-15, while Minnesota falls to 16-17.

Al Harrington was the leading man for the Nuggets tonight, finishing with 31 points and nine rebounds on 14-of-29 shooting from the field. Arron Afflalo chipped in 20 points and five rebounds, while teammate Corey Brewer finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in the win. Reserve guard Andre Miller also had an interesting night. Miller was ejected for technical fouls after arguing with the officials over a second half offensive foul. Miller was 0-for-8 from the field, but finished with 12 assists, six rebounds, and five points in the victory.

Kevin Love had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota. Michael Beasley scored 17 off the bench. Ricky Rubio had 16 poitns and five assists.

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Nuggets Vs. Timberwolves Score Update: Denver Leads By Three Heading Into The Fourth

Starting point guard Ty Lawson is out with an ankle injury, but it didn't slow down the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Denver takes a 76-73 lead into the first quarter after trailing by 12 at the end of the first quarter.

Forward Al Harrington has come off the bench to score a game-high 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting and grab seven rebounds so far for the Nuggets. Arron Afflalo is just 5-of-12 from the field, but has 16 points and four rebounds through the first three quarters. Backup point guard Andre Miller is 0-for-8, but has already dished out 12 assists, grabbed six rebounds and hit five free throws.

All-Star power forward Kevin Love leads Minnesota with another double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Rookie guard Ricky Rubio has 12 points for the T-Wolves, while teammate Luke Ridnour has scored 10.

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Ty Lawson Injury: Nuggets Guard Leaves With Ankle Sprain

The last thing the Denver Nuggets need is another injury to a starter, but that's exactly what happened tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Point guard Ty Lawson has left the game with a left ankle sprain and won't return.

Lawson was off to a good start against Minnesota, too. Lawson's night ends with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting with one rebound and one assist in 16 minutes of play.

Denver played the first half tonight without starting center Nene, guard Rudy Fernandez, or backup big man Chris Andersen. Al Harrington (17 points) and Arron Afflalo (12 points) have picked up the slack thus far for Denver.

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Nuggets Vs. Timberwolves Score Update: Denver Leads 51-46 At Half

The Denver Nuggets looked lifeless in the first quarter tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves, getting outscored 30-18. George Karl's team came roaring back in the second quarter, however, and now lead 51-46 at the Pepsi Center.

Al Harrington came off the bench to give Denver the spark it was looking for. Harrington has a team-high 14 points and four rebounds after two quarters. The Nuggets' starting backcourt of Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo has also been great. Lawson has 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while Afflalo has 10 points and six rebounds on 4-of-7 shooting.

Minnesota has utilized balanced scoring to remain within striking distance. Ricky Rubio leads the T-Wolves with eight points at the half, while teammate Nikola Pekovic has seven points and seven rebounds. Small forward Michael Beasley also has seven points for Minnesota.

The Nuggets were just 1-of-9 from three-point range in the first half.

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Nuggets Vs. Timberwolves Score Update: Denver Trails By 12 After One

The Denver Nuggets enter Monday night's contest against the surging Minnesota Timberwolves injured and deflated. The Nuggets have lost three straight games, including a back-breaker last night in overtime against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tonight at the Pepsi Center, Denver trails the Timberwolves 30-18 after the first quarter.

Minnesota is being led by big man Nikola Pekovic, who ends the first quarter with seven points and seven rebounds (including six offensive boards). Minnesota's starting backcourt of Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour each have six points.

Three Denver starters -- Timofey Mozgov, Arron Afflalo, and Ty Lawson -- have four points. Mozgov ended the first quarter with four turnovers.

Both teams are shooting 40 percent from the field.

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Nuggets Vs. Timberwolves Preview: Denver Looks To Get Back In Win Column At Home

The Minnesota Timberwolves roll into the Rockies nipping at the heels of the slumping Nuggets.

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