Clippers knock down shots and Nuggets for Christmas Day win

Playing the fifth and also last video game on the NBA’s distinguished Xmas Day slate, the Clippers maintained the streak of double-digit victories going– successfully eliminating a Denver Nuggets surge to win 121-108 and also enhance to 2-0 this season under brand-new Coach Tyronn Lue.

The vacation triumph was shadowed just by Kawhi Leonard’s bloodied departure with 6:07 to play.

The four-time All-Star left the court and headed to the storage locker space hemorrhaging greatly from his mouth, provided for the night after being bent strongly by his buddy Serge Ibaka. The Clippers’ brand-new beginning center mistakenly struck Leonard on a rebound attempt.

Clippers onward Kawhi Leonard lies on the court after experiencing a jaw injury throughout the 2nd fifty percent against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, in Denver.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Clippers reported that Leonard suffered a mouth laceration

calling for 8 stitches “I really did not also see it,”Lue stated promptly after the video game.”He’s still obtaining

reviewed today … he’s gon na be fine. He got up as well as walked off the flooring, so he’s gon na be good.”There’s significance to repeling the Nuggets on Friday, partially, if

it helps beat the ghosts of Clippers-Nuggets video games past that– like program expert Richard Jefferson on ESPN– may’ve sought to revitalize the specter of the blown leads that brought about L.A.’s collapse in the Western Meeting semifinals in September. It’s also potentially important because it indicates the Clippers are developing a healthy and balanced persistent streak

under Lue. He relieved the Clippers with the Lakers’cost from behind in the season opener Tuesday, as well as on Friday helped them successfully ward off Denver’s late surge. The Nuggets trimmed what had been a 24-point lead to as low as 11 down the stretch, but obtained not better. Employing Lue’s viewpoint of scoring by paint or by range, the Clippers struck the host Nuggets( 0-2 )with a barrage from 3-point array, consisting of

making 19 of 38 efforts from deep. Ultimately, 9 Clippers attached from long variety– with Paul George hitting 5 fours, providing him 10 through the first 2 video games on 17 efforts. George proceeded his passionate early-season

effort, following his 33-point period launching with a team-high 23 versus Denver. He went 8 for 14 from the area, making 21 for 32 this young

season. George had significant assistance from his friends, consisting of Leonard(21 points), Serge Ibaka(15), Nicolas Batum (13), as well as Ivica Zubac (12 off the bench). Nikola Jokic led Denver with 24 points,

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