As the Nuggets’ offense scuffles, Nikola Jokic shoulders responsibility for his struggles at power forward

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LOS ANGELES — The Denver Nuggets' offense in the second half Wednesday devolved into isolation basketball, bricks and oh so many turnovers. But improbably, Denver was still in a position to tie or take the lead with 10 seconds to go after Blake Griffin missed a pair of foul shots.

Denver went to Will Barton with the game on the line. He drove left, but before he could get a proper shot off the ball blooped away from him.

The turnover, which came in a 109-104 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center, was another empty possession in a night full of them.

“We didn’t get a shot off," Nuggets coach Michael Malone lamented. 

The Nuggets wound up committing 21 turnovers in the game, a staggering 16 of which came in the second half. The Clippers gave the Nuggets every chance to stay in the game, but when the final buzzer sounded, they found themselves a half-game behind L.A. in the Western Conference standings because of giveaways and poor execution.

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