Like the saying, all good things come to an end, it seems 2013 marked the end for the LA Clippers. Well, the end of their winning streak at least. After a franchise record of 17 straight wins, the Clippers lost to the Denver Nuggets on January 1st.
The Clippers, whose last winning streak occurred in 2008 with 13 undefeated games, had not lost a game since November 26th. In the month of December, their record was 16-0. On Christmas Day, the Clippers had faced the Nuggets and successfully beat them in a 112-100 match that clenched their 15th winning game.
Unfortunately, the second meeting with the Nuggets wasn’t as triumphant. They shot only 38.5% from the field, 17.2% (five for 29) from three-point range. Blake Griffen only had 12 points and went 4 of 11 on the field, the only game since the last 18 where he’s shot less than 50%. The Nuggets on the other hand, had 6 players who put up double-digit points and Danilo Gallinari led them with 17 points.
At the end of the game, Chris Paul was approached by reporters congratulating them upon their new franchise record. As the ever team player he responded with, “‘Congratulations on what? No, what did we accomplish? I think for us, we’re just upset that we lost. We could care less about the streak.”
Hopefully the rest of 2013 gears up to be a stellar year for the Clippers and they don’t less this bump along the road stop them from making it to the playoffs!