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Bookies Rejoice As Clippers Streak Clipped At 17

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LA ClippersWinning 17 games in today’s NBA is not easy to do….and it has not been done very often. The surprising Los Angeles Clippers now have the full attention of NBA fans …. and rightly so. The Clippers have been on an amazing run.  They went undefeated during the month of December against some pretty tough competition and Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro was named the NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month.  Los Angeles even beat the Denver Nuggets during that run but, when the rematch came around, the Nuggets put an end to the Clippers 17 game winning streak.  The Chicago Bulls were on an 18 game run when those same Denver Nuggets put an end to their streak back in 1996.

The Clippers streak was the longest in the NBA since the Boston Celtics won 19 in a row back in 2008.   The longest recorded winning streak in the NBA belongs to the Clippers cross town rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, who went an astounding 33 wins in a row back in 1971-72.  Speaking of streaks, the Chicago Bulls won 44 games at their home court stretched over the 1995-1996 seasons.

The Clippers now stand at 25-7 at the onset of 2013 just a few percentage points behind Oklahoma City who currently leads the NBA.   The best starts ever recorded in the NBA were by the Lakers in ’71-’72 when they went 39-3 and then came the Chicago Bulls who started with 41-3 in the ’95-’96 season.

The Nuggets were led by Danilo Gallinari with 17 points but 5 other Nugget players ended up scoring in double figures.  The normally red hot Clippers were never really in the game and ended up losing badly by a final score of 92-78.

Los Angeles Power Forward Blake Griffin said after the game, “We were all a step slower today. We’ve got to be better than that.  We’re not going to sit and cry on the plane and get beat down.  We’re not going to cause ourselves to lose our confidence, despite what people want us to do. That’s that best thing about the NBA…you’ve always got another game.”

This was the first loss by the Clippers since they lost to the New Orleans Hornets back near the end of November by a final score of 105-98.  They now begin a tough stretch of 4 games in 5 days beginning with the Golden State Warriors.

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