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By NOEY KUPCHAN

Posted Dec 21 2013 2:03AM

Playing alongside two of the NBA's top scorers, DeAndre Jordan may sometimes get overlooked.

His efforts on the defensive end, though, are certainly of note.

Jordan tries to continue his stellar play and help the Los Angeles Clippers match their longest win streak of the season Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets.

While Blake Griffin (20.4 points per game) and Chris Paul (19.5 ppg) continue to garner most of the acclaim, Jordan has quietly emerged as one of the league's top interior defenders. The 6-foot-11 center is tied for second in the NBA with an average of 13.0 rebounds and tied for fourth with 2.2 blocks per game.

"I think he's just grown," coach Doc Rivers told the Clippers' official website. "He had to embrace (his role). When you look at our team and you look at the weapons on our team, he had to look at where he would make his biggest impact, and his biggest impact is doing all the other stuff."

Jordan scored 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting to go along with 20 boards and five blocks as Los Angeles (18-9) beat New Orleans 108-95 on Wednesday for its third consecutive win. Griffin added 21 points and 10 rebounds while Jared Dudley scored 20.

"That's a part of my job to be energetic and just be a spark for us on the defensive end," Jordan said. "Offensively, set picks and roll as hard as a can just to try to free guys up. If I'm not playing well offensively or defensively, I can still play with energy and that spark and intensity.

"Anything that (Rivers) asks of me, I'm going to work my butt off to try and make it happen."

The Clippers have won four straight twice this season, most recently Nov. 23-29.

They've taken five of six home matchups against the Nuggets (14-11). Denver, though, won the last two overall, 92-78 on Jan. 1 and 107-92 on March 7.

The Nuggets are looking to get back on track after falling 103-99 to Phoenix on Friday. Denver, which shot a season-worst 23.5 percent (4 of 17) from 3-point range, dropped to 3-5 over its last eight after blowing a 21-point lead.

"I'm not very happy, and I'll take the hit for tonight's game, for allowing some things in practice to carry over into the game," coach Brian Shaw said. "When it was going good for us in the first half, we were all smiles and played as if the game was over and didn't have a second half to play."

Ty Lawson, averaging a team-leading 17.8 points, was held to 13 on 3-of-11 shooting and committed five turnovers while playing through the flu. J.J. Hickson posted 13 points and 14 boards for his third consecutive double-double.

Clippers forward Matt Barnes is set to return after missing a month while recovering from a torn retina in his left eye. Barnes is averaging 18.0 points and shooting 51.8 percent in his last four games against Denver.

Griffin, meanwhile, has been limited to 13.5 during a four-game stretch in the series, well below his career mark of 20.4.

The Clippers are 11-1 when Dudley scores at least 10 points compared to 7-8 when he doesn't.

Nuggets forward Jordan Hamilton should be available after serving a one-game suspension for throwing a punch in Tuesday's loss to Oklahoma City.

While Denver is 7-9 against fellow Western Conference opponents, the Clippers are 12-3.

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Good thing this game is at staples. Nuggets seem to always give us trouble at the Pepsi center

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Has anyone watched the Nuggets this season? I don't really have a proper idea of what the team is like with all the changes.

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They gave up a 21 point lead last night to the Suns who came back and won!

Anyone hear the news on Brook Lopez! I'm glad David Stern turned down that KG and Paul Pierce part of the trade! That team isn't doing well and that same thing could be happening to us right now! And both KG and Paul stay hurt!

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Yeah I followed that. Not sure what that is going to mean tonight, will they be demoralized or extra determined? As long as the Clips do their thing it shouldn't matter.

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Really guys,it doesn't matter who we play,we generally play to their level. So I suspect no one will be leaving Staple early tonight.

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David Stern unintentionally saves us again? lol

JahvonTheClip
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I'm not scared of this game, against western teams, for whatever reason, we play our best against

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Has anyone seen them play this season?

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Just one word..................................altitude!

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even if injury wasn't an issue its always bad practice to trade a young player for one in his twilight and making a whopping salary. I was livid when the FO was in talks for that trade and I'm glad stern acted in our best interest to veto the trade

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Interestingly, Friday was the first time Jackson's had the opportunity to practice since joining the team.

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Yeah... I had my fingers crossed all summer over that Trade, didn't understand why we needed to trade for them when they're Highly likely to come in the offseason, KG for sure.

I want to see if Blake can Dominate this Game, Faried Gives him problems a bit because he's a good Defender and he plays hard

every possession. I'd also like to see if Collison can stay solid

Against Nate, also I'd like to see what lineups we use tonight for

the Bench with Barnes Back in the Fold.


David Stern gets my vote for General Manager of the Year.

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Brian Shaw is against hacking players, so that's good.

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I hope it makes a difference

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This should be a good one tonight. Obviously, I'll be rooting for the Clips, but I am a huge Nate Robinson fan. He's been one of my favorite players since he was at UW. Best case scenario: Nate scores 25+, but Clippers still get the win. I'm excited for this game.

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Nate is a freak of nature, a bit like EBled.

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excited cause i will actually be at this game GO CLIPPERS!!

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^ Enjoy the game bro, Let's go Clippers!!

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usually true, maybe we break the mould tonight since they had a late and demoralizing night yesterday courtesy of Bled and Co.

Would be great for us to blow them out and rest cp/blake for tomorrow.

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I didn't realise we have another game tomorrow. Yeah a blowout would be great.

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Yeah hopefully the clippers keep up with the energy tonight..

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Energy and defense. Hopefully Blake continues his all around strong play. Dudley keep it up too.

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@nbastats: .@LAClippers 10-2 home record behind only OKC, IND & MIA. Clips rank 2nd in OffensiveRtg (111.9) & TrueShooting% (58.4%) among teams at home

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yeah, I noticed this as well

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Let's win this, Clippers!

Voyeur
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Nice catch and shoot by JC!

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Not so great rim protection there.

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Our guards looking good so far...as is BG's rebounding.

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Loving the start so far!

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Good move Blake!

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Blake looking pretty aggressive...I like!

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Can't believe ty tried that!

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Nice left handed hook shot by BG!

CP3Heliflopter
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Blake can't hesitate on those jump shots. It just makes it harder to make them.

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I wonder if Dj ever tried with his right hand. Worked for tristan

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SO NICE to see Dudley hitting wide open jumpers now!

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Nice energy we got this game!

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He was so wide open I'm sure somewhere in his mind he thought, "Drive?"

But yeah, he needs to shoot without hesitation.

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BG looks like he got scratched under his right eye.

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So close dudley!

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That was too easy by Chandler.

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I'm happy when DJ hit's one out of two.

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Great D by BG!

CP3Heliflopter
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CP + Collison vs Nate + Lawson. Smallest backcourt matchup ever? lol

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Bulls made a big mistake letting Nate go...is that an understatement?

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Hmmm...I'd prefer Blake to make some inside baskets. I know he CAN hit those jumpers, but...

CP3Heliflopter
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Nah at this point they should tank.

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Collison dribbled it a bit too long.

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I'd like to see Willie hit some shots!

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