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.
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.
Postgame comments from Nuggets head coach Michael Malone.