Clippers' Win Streak Ends at 17 Games With Loss to Denver Nuggets

The 17-game run included an undefeated month of December and vaulted the Clippers to the NBA's best record

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    Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul reacts in the final minutes of their 92-78 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

    The Clippers' franchise-best win streak ended at 17 Tuesday night with a 92-78 loss at Denver, where the Nuggets are 10-1 this season.

    The loss marked LA's first since Nov. 26. The 17-game run included an undefeated month of December -- only the third time in NBA history a team has gone an entire month without a loss. The Clippers' streak was the longest in the NBA since the Boston Celtics won 19 in a row from Nov. 15 to Dec. 23, 2008.

    The 78-point output was just two more than the Clippers' season low as LA struggled to mount much offense in a tough road test. LA was just 5-for-29 from 3-point range.

    Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe scored 12 points apiece to lead the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan scored 11 points and Chris Paul added 10 points.

    Six Nuggets scored in double-figures.

    Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer to pull the Clippers to 65-58 with 1:54 left in the third quarter, but the Nuggets scored eight of the next nine points, including JaVale McGee's first 3-pointer of the season at the buzzer to take a 75-59 lead into the fourth quarter.

    McGee, who had a dunk off an alley-oop pass from Andre Miller on Denver's previous possession, hadn't even tried a 3-pointer in a game all season.

    The Clippers trimmed the deficit to 87-73 with 4:02 remaining when Griffin made one of two free throws, but failed to threaten the rest of the game.