Jokic scores 19, Nuggets rout short-handed Clippers 123-98

January 22, 2017
Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute, left, of Cameroon, defends again Denver Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic, of Serbia, as he looks to shoot the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 19 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 123-98 on Saturday night.

Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton and Wilson Chandler added 18 points apiece for the Nuggets, who have won four of their last five games.

The Clippers have lost two in a row since opening January with seven consecutive wins. They fell to 2-7 this season when they have been without both Chris Paul (thumb injury) and Blake Griffin (right knee).

Marreese Speights had 18 points to lead the Clippers. Austin Rivers added 16 points and DeAndre Jordan had 13 rebounds to go with his 14 points.

Denver, which never trailed, led by as many as 17 points in the first half and was up 59-45 at the break. Kenneth Faried had 11 of his 13 points in the first two quarters.

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