Monday , Mar , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Clippers visit Denver

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – With their playoff dreams still hanging in the
balance, the Denver Nuggets will need to rise to the occasion this evening
when they battle the Los Angeles Clippers at the Pepsi Center.

Denver has lost three straight and seven of its last 10 contests to fall into
a tie with Portland for ninth in the West. The Nuggets trail eighth place Utah
by a half-game after they dropped a 98-77 decision to the Minnesota
Timberwolves at the Target Center Sunday night.

Carmelo Anthony paced Denver with 13 points. Earl Boykins chipped in 11 points
and Andre Miller added 10 for the Nuggets, who have dropped 12 of their last
16 contests. Denver has lost five straight at Minnesota.

Denver, which never led, shot just 31 percent from the field for the game (25-
of-81) and scored only 25 points in the first half. The Nuggets outscored
Minnesota, 25-17, at the charity stripe while being outrebounded 50-40 in the

The Nuggets have not been great at home in recent weeks, losing three of four
and four of their last six overall. For the year, Denver is 23-12 at the Pepsi

Los Angeles has lost its last three games and 10 of its last 12 contests
overall. The Clippers have been well out of the playoff race for a long time,
as they own the second worst record (27-43) in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles’ woes continued Sunday night, as it fell 96-85 to the Golden State
Warriors. Elton Brand paced the Clippers with 20 points and 10 rebounds, as
Los Angeles lost for the 11th time in its last 13 contests.

Keyon Dooling netted 18 points, while Bobby Simmons had 17. Matt Barnes and
Predrag Drobnjak scored 13 points apiece for Los Angeles.

The Clippers were without the services of guard Quentin Richardson (lower back
spasms) and forward Corey Maggette (sore left knee), while forward Chris
Wilcox missed his third straight game with an Achilles tendon injury. It is
unknown when the trio will return to the court.

Los Angeles made just 30-of-78 shots for a 39 percent clip, while the Warriors
shot 46 percent (35-of-76) from the floor.

The Clippers have dropped seven of their last eight road games. For the
season, Los Angeles is 18-16 in foreign buildings.

The Clippers have won five of the last six and eight of the last 10
meetings with Denver. Los Angeles has won two straight and three of its last
four in Denver.