The Clippers knew it wouldn't be easy early morning arrival in Denver, thin air, back-to-back games, tough road venue.
To their credit, they kept it close for most of three quarters Friday night. But the Nuggets were too fast and too efficient at home, ending the Clippers' five-game road winning streak with a 107-92 victory.
Beating the Nuggets on their home court has been a near impossibility. Denver has the NBA's best home record (28-3) and has won 12 in a row at the Pepsi Center. Given the fact the Clippers had to fly into town after a game the previous night at Staples Center, this was no easy task.
Now throw in the absence of backup guard Jamal Crawford, who tweaked his left ankle Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks and sat out the game, and the Clippers had no real edge.
Still, they were tied 49-49 at the half, despite getting just four points from Blake Griffin and two from Chris Paul. But the Nuggets went on a 12-0 run in the third quarter after taking a 6...