Nuggets give Clippers 6th straight loss, Victor Wembanyama-Chet Holmgren matchup fizzles

The Los Angeles Clippers performed their finest recreation since their blockbuster commerce for James Harden. They nonetheless misplaced to the shorthanded defending champions.

The Denver Nuggets held off the Clippers for a 111-108 residence win Tuesday within the third night time of motion of the NBA’s inaugural in-season match, spurred by 32 factors, 16 rebounds and 9 assists from Nikola Jokić.

The sport resulted in comedic trend, as Paul George, who led all scorers with 35 factors, missed a tying 3-point try unhealthy sufficient to trigger a wedgie within the last seconds, resulting in a soar ball the Clippers misplaced.

The loss is the Clippers’ sixth straight and their fifth since buying Harden. Nonetheless, whereas their earlier loss to the Memphis Grizzlies was a transparent low level, Tuesday supplied motive for hope the workforce might grow to be practical, as constructed.

Harden had his most efficient recreation as a Clipper, posting 21 factors on 7-of-15 taking pictures. Think about he went via a contentious coaching camp with a distinct workforce, did not play in preseason or the common season earlier than his commerce and continues to be solely in his second week with Los Angeles, any signal of progress is important.

As for Denver, the Nuggets stay undefeated at residence and 3-1 since shedding Jamal Murray to harm.

It was a wild night time throughout the league, two totally different shoving matches breaking out within the West. In the meantime, possibly the NBA ought to’ve saved Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren’s first assembly for this match as an alternative of the very first preseason recreation.

That first assembly — during which Wembanyama had 20 factors and 5 rebounds, whereas Holmgren had 21 factors and 9 boards — set the bar so extremely excessive for when the 2 lastly squared off within the common season.

Sadly, for the entire hype coming in, the sport that actually mattered did not present the identical battle of the titans really feel. As a substitute of the one-point recreation everybody was handled to on Oct. 9, the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder rolled the San Antonio Spurs 123-87 on Tuesday night time.

Neither Wembanyama, the highest choose in 2023, nor Holmgren, the second total choose in 2022, performed to the identical degree both.

As a substitute, Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stole the present with 28 factors, six rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. He led all scorers and helped the Thunder cruise to a simple victory and a 7-4 document. San Antonio drops to 0-2 in match play and 3-8 on the season.

Probably the most consequential recreation of the night time might need been the Indiana Pacers’ defeat of the streaking Philadelphia 76ers. The 2 groups entered 1-0, however the Pacers snapped an eight-game successful streak behind a 19-point, 15-assist, seven-rebound, zero-turnover night time from rising star Tyrese Haliburton.

The Pacers now sit atop their group at 2-0, with their remaining video games towards the Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons.

Tuesday’s NBA in-season match scores

Atlanta Hawks 126, Detroit Pistons 120

Indiana Pacers 132, Philadelphia 76ers 126

Miami Warmth 111, Charlotte Hornets 105

Brooklyn Nets 124, Orlando Magic 104

Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 123, San Antonio Spurs 87

New Orleans Pelicans 131, Dallas Mavericks 110

Utah Jazz 115, Portland Path Blazers 99

Denver Nuggets 111, Los Angeles Clippers 108

Minnesota Timberwolves 104, Golden State Warriors 101

Los Angeles Lakers 134, Memphis Grizzlies 107

NBA in-season match standings

Within the in-season match, each workforce will face the opposite 4 groups in its randomly chosen group as soon as. The highest workforce in every group and a wild card in every convention will advance to a single-elimination knockout stage, with quarterfinals performed on Dec. 4 and 5 in workforce arenas and the ultimate two rounds performed in Las Vegas on Dec. 7 and 9.

All video games, save for the championship recreation, will depend towards regular-season data. Tiebreakers are, so as: head-to-head document, level differential, complete factors scored, 2022-23 regular-season document and a random drawing.

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