Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 1/3

Game 1: Monday, January 3rd
Game 2: Saturday, March 5th
Game 3: Friday, March 18th

Clippers 102

(15-15, 5-7 away)

Nuggets 98

(14-17, 10-7 home)

    Coverage: ALT

    7:00 PM ET, January 3, 2005

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 33 27 14 28102
    DEN 24 26 26 2298

    Top Performers

    LAC: C. Maggette 33 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Den: N. Hilario 20 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    Los Angeles Clippers (14-15) at Denver (14-16) 9:00 pm EST

    DENVER (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets hope to rebound at home against another team from Los Angeles when they host the Clippers on Monday at the Pepsi Center.

    After getting a win in his debut at the helm Friday, Nuggets interim coach Michael Cooper saw his team drop a 99-91 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

    Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points in his second game back from a sprained ankle but Denver could not recover from injuries to a host of regulars.

    Center Marcus Camby and swingman Greg Buckner were both out with a back and groin injury, respectively. Forward Kenyon Martin was back after a two-day layoff but struggled through his own back pain, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes.

    Sunday's loss was the Nuggets' seventh in eight games overall and dropped them to 1-16 in their last 17 road games vs. the Lakers.

    They get another Los Angeles team Sunday in the struggling Clippers.

    Los Angeles has lost eight of 11 but managed an 89-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. It was an ugly affair in which the Clippers had 28 turnovers and did not get a basket from its bench.

    Elton Brand and Corey Maggette scored 26 points apiece and Chris Kaman recorded season highs of 13 points and 12 rebounds. Los Angeles held a 71-53 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

    The Clippers own an 8-4 series edge over the last three seasons.