Three Takeaways from Paul George, Kawhi Leonard lifting Clippers past Denver

Denver had control — the Nuggets were up 97-90 with 8:29 left in the game — but with everything on the line the Clippers cranked up their defense, Kawhi Leonard was blocking shots, Paul George was getting buckets, and Los Angeles went on a 14-4 run that extended to a 23-10 finish to the game.

Three Takeaways after Paul George, Kawhi Leonard lift Clippers past Nuggets

Denver had control — the Nuggets were up 97-90 with 8:29 left in the game — but with everything on the line the Clippers cranked up their defense, Kawhi Leonard was blocking shots, Paul George was getting buckets, and Los Angeles went on a 14-4 run that extended to a 23-10 finish to the game.

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“I think our continuity is growing,” George said. “I think this team is getting more and more comfortable together. I think the challenge, it’s allowing us to come together and we are accepting these challenges. We are having fun with it and we are growing at the same time with it.”

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Jamal Murray took the wheel, netting 27 points in his most assertive outing since that three-game fireworks display against the Jazz. Nikola Jokic dropped 3-point rainbows (26 points), elbows (18 rebounds) and cross-court, Drew Lock dimes (four assists). The underdogs got a little bit of everything — 13 points from Harris and Paul Millsap, 11 […]

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There was a very minor dust-up midway through the fourth quarter when Jokic fell to the floor after feeling he was fouled. As he got up, he grabbed at Patrick Beverley, who was taking the ball up the floor. Beverley took a step toward Jokic before heading toward the bench.

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