Nuggets Blow 25-Point Lead In 87-85 Loss To Clippers


Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

Denver Nuggets guard Austin Rivers (25) dribbles against Reggie Jackson (1) of the Los Angeles Clippers in the third quarter of L.A.'s 87-85 win at Crypto.com Arena on Tuesday, January 11.os Angeles, California. (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

There are many ways to lose a game.

And then there is what happened to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night in an 87-85 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Denver squandered a 25-point lead in the second quarter and saw the Clippers outscore them 32-19 in the fourth quarter.

Needless to say, it was a really rough night at the office for Denver.

The Nuggets built a 41-28 lead at halftime and then used an 18-4 run to take a commanding 59-34 lead with 7:04 left in the third quarter.

But the Clippers finished the quarter by outscoring the Nuggets 21-7 and L.A. was within 66-55 heading to the final 12 minutes.

The Clippers finally took a76-75 lead on Reggie Jackson's three-pointer with5:40 left in the game.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic had 21 points on 9-14 shooting. He also grabbed 13 rebounds. Aaron Gordon made 11-of-16 shots and finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds.

The rest of the Nuggets combined to go 12-50 from the field and score 34 points.

MORE ON THE NUGGETS LOSS HERE

The Nuggets are back at Ball Arena in Denver to take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, January 13 at 8 p.m. MST.

Postgame comments from Nuggets center Nikola Jokic.

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Postgame comments from Nuggets head coach Michael Malone.

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