“I’m very happy that we’re doing this stuff, but it’s not what we want,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
“It’s all good and well,” Paul said about the franchise records, “but it’s all about the postseason.”
The win kept the Clippers in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They would need to win at Portland and Oklahoma City would need to lose to Detroit on Wednesday night for the Clippers to claim the second spot. Otherwise, they will remain the third seed.
Griffin’s 16th tech triggered a league-mandated one-game suspension. But he said he thinks the league might rescind it.
“I honestly do,” he said. “It was one of those ones that was kind of a continuation. If I make a play on the ball and I hit the ball first, and he gives me a tech for that, I’m not sure if that’s going to stand up.”
Griffin was assessed the tech with 3:23 left in the second quarter. He swung his right arm around to try to get the ball from Timofey Mozgov and hit him in the head. Griffin pleaded his case with the referees to no avail.
Teammate Jared Dudley saw the play and was confident the call would be rescinded.
“He did hit ball, but he did follow through and hit his face,” Dudley said. “If it wasn’t an offensive foul, the ref said that he wouldn’t have called the technical; it would have been more of a flagrant.”
Kenneth Faried led the Nuggets with 21 points and Aaron Brooks added 19. Mozgov had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Denver’s three-game winning streak ended.
The Clippers scored the game’s first 13 points and never looked back. Paul hit two 3-pointers and Matt Barnes added another before the Nuggets called timeout to regroup. Redick scored 10 unanswered points by himself, including two 3-pointers that extended the Clippers‘ lead to 18 points. Griffin had three one-handed highlight dunks in the first.