On Sunday the Los Angeles Clippers looked to keep the momentum going after a strong home performance against the Grizzlies. They would have a tough one heading out thePepsiCenteras they took on the Denver Nuggets and their six game win streak.
Denver native Chauncey Billups received a thunderous ovation during team introductions. “That was beautiful, man, that was beautiful.” a gracious Billups said after the game. That was the loudest cheering any player received that night until Denver fans realized their beloved Tim Tebow was there sitting courtside. This would be Billups first trip back to Denver since the blockbuster trade that involved Carmelo Anthony which ultimately sent Billups to the Clippers.
As much as Billups appreciated all the love he received, he also gave them one more reason to miss him as a Nuggets team that pretty much controlled the game for three and a half solid quarters saw their hometown boy catch fire during the final stretch. Billups putting up a season high 32 points and nailing 6 3point shots allowed the Clippers to close the gap and take the lead with minutes to go. Billups would then seal the game drawing and offensive foul with less than 20 seconds remaining sending his hometown crowd home disappointed and snapping the Nuggets six game win streak.
The Los Angeles clippers find themselves on top of the Pacific Division at 11-6 just as Kevin Durant and the red hot Oklahoma City Thunder head down to theStaplesCenter in a Monday night show down. The Clippers will have a chance to snap two winning streaks in two nights the Thunder head toLos Angeles with a solid 4 game streak of their own. The Thunder who can’t seem to do any wrong at the moment preset one of the biggest challenges the Clippers have seen all season. After hoping to prove themselves last week against the Lakers and coming up short, this matchup presents a perfect opportunity for the Clippers to show world they are for real.