Recap: Nuggets beat Clippers 80-75 behind five threes from Matt Michell


The Denver Nuggets handed the Los Angeles Clippers the 80-75 loss tonight behind double-digit scoring from Mitchell, Gillespie and White. Jay Scrubb was Los Angeles’ top scorer with 18 while Perry and Reynolds contributed with 11 apiece. Denver eventually eclipsed the double-digit threes by knocking down 11, and they also held the Clippers to 7-22 from downtown.

Denver’s top picks in this year’s draft, Braun and Watson, struggled offensively tonight. Braun scored 8 points on 1-10 shooting and 0-5 from deep, but he grabbed 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks. Watson scored 9 points on 3-14 shooting and 1-5 from downtown with 8 rebounds and 2 blocks.


Denver’s best players seemed to be Matt Mitchell and Collin Gillespie. Mitchell wasted 17 points and 6 rebounds on 5-10 shooting from deep, while Gillespie had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists on 5-11 shooting. Mitchell knocked down some big momentum shots as the Clippers began their comeback, and Gillespie stayed balanced with good decision-making despite intense Clipper defense. Denver’s next task will be against the 76ers on Friday at 4:00 p.m. MT.

1st trimester

  • The game started with a big block from Peyton Watson off a Clipper lob pass. Braun then drove to the cut with a nice euro step and after a steal from Braun Gillespie knocked down a transition three
  • Reggie Perry scored the Clippers’ first field goal with a layup, but it was quickly answered with two free throws from Braun. Watson then drilled a three from the wing, but the Clippers responded with five straight points from Jay Scrubb
  • After a block from Kamagate, Matt Mitchell scored a three-way corner on an assist from Gillespie. Gillespie added a lay-up to increase the Nugget’s lead to 15-7, but Jarrell Brantley tied it with his own driving lay-up
  • Keaton Wallace and Peyton Watson tied the game for an 18-11 score, then Cameron Reynolds and Jack White traded three-pointers to end the quarter.

Score: 21-14 Nuggets

Points leaders: Watson – 6, Scrubb – 5

2nd trimester

  • Jontay Porter started the quarter with a triple, but Wallace responded with two free throws. Adonis Arms then assisted a white layup, but Scrubb responded with two free throws
  • Arms and Reynolds tied the layups for the score of 28-20 until Porter added a midrange jumper. Scrubb and Justin Bean scored four in a row for Los Angeles, but Kellan Grady ended the short run with a layup
  • Adonis Arms then rocked the rim with a contested transition dunk that forced a Clipper timeout. After almost a minute of scoreless basketball, Mitchell drilled three more as the Nuggets extended their 37-24 lead
  • Watson then added a one-handed dunk and Braun’s free throws extended Denver’s lead to 41-24. Perry responded with five straight runs, and Brantley added a fadeaway to cut the lead to ten
  • Braun assisted a Kamagate dunk, but several shots missed by both teams would end the quarter

Score: 43-31 Nuggets

Top scorers: Scrubb – 9, Watson – 8

3rd trimester

  • Mitchell’s fadeaway jumper introduced the quarterback, but Boston Jr. quickly responded with two threes. Jason Preston then headed down the lane for a layup that cut Denver’s lead to six, 45-39.
  • After a Nuggets timeout, both teams went scoreless for more than two minutes, including four Denver turnovers. Reynolds finally broke the streak for the Clippers with a three, but Mitchell responded with two straight triples
  • Scrubb knocked down two free throws, but the Nuggets’ hot perimeter shot followed with a Jack White three for the ten-point lead. Preston’s free two and Reynolds’ three reduced the lead to five
  • Gillespie then assisted a white dunk, but Scrubb responded with another layup. White’s two free throws and Porter’s layup increased Denver’s lead to 61-51 until Xavier Moon went to the rack for a layup

Score: 62-53 Nuggets

Points leaders: Mitchell – 14, Scrubb – 13

4th trimester

  • Justin Bean’s driving layup started the quarter, but Grady responded with a midrange jumper for Denver. Scrubb reached the line again for two more frees which cut the lead to 65-57
  • Perry’s two free throws were answered with a Gillespie three, but the Clippers replied with a tip from Bean. Gillespie and Perry then exchanged baskets again for the score 68-63
  • Boston Jr. and Gillespie tied the layups, but after another minute of scoreless basketball, Mitchell nailed his fifth three to extend Denver’s lead to double digits, 75-65.
  • Preston then brought home a floater and a layup and a one. Braun drilled two clutch free throws for Denver to take the lead to seven with 30 seconds left, then White’s transition dunk proved to be the dagger

Score: 80-75 Nuggets

Scoring leaders: Mitchell – 17, Scrubb – 18