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Den­ver trav­els to Los An­ge­les for the se­cond time in six days to try to solve the riddle of beat­ing the Clip­pers, some­thing the Nuggets haven’t done the last cou­ple of times they’ve been to the Sta­ples Cen­ter, in­clud­ing Dec. 20, when they dropped a 119-102 de­ci­sion to Los An­ge­les. The Nuggets are still look­ing to bounce back. They lost 109-108 to the At­lanta Hawks on Dec. 23. Wil­son Chan­dler missed a short, run­ning jumper that would have given the Nuggets a win at the buzzer in that one. Danilo Gal­li­nari scored 21 points and had a sea­son-high 11 re­bounds in that game, al­though he was not on the court dur­ing crunchtime. This is just one of two road games for the Nuggets in the next two weeks. They have four home games in that span. Clip­pers: The Clip­pers were handed the hol­i­day dou­ble by the NBA, play­ing back-to-back games on Christ­mas Day against the Lak­ers and then the Nuggets the next day. This ends a stretch of three games in four days, which be­gan with a loss to Dal­las on Dec. 23. Paul Pierce has been start­ing in place of in­jured star Blake Grif­fin. DeAn­dre Jor­dan has been con­sis­tently good on the glass and de­fen­sively this sea­son. Go­ing into Sun­day’s game, he was fourth in re­bound­ing (13.0), 10th in blocked shots (1.8) and se­cond in the league in field-goal per­cent­age (.657).

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