Game Grades

Nuggets-Clippers Grades: Beasley makes a play for more minutes

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The Denver Nuggets fell 109-104 in Los Angeles to the Clippers on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday. Denver led by nine points at halftime but only was able to score 43 points in the second half.

Here's how each Nuggets player performed.

Will Barton (B) - What a year for Barton. He goes from playing exclusively on the wing to shouldering the backup point guard duties to starting at the one against the Clippers with Jamal Murray in the league's concussion protocol. Barton played well for a second consecutive game, scored 17 points on 7-15 shooting and could handle the primary ball-handling duties Friday versus Phoenix as well with Murray's status up in the air. Unfortunately, Barton's night was overshadowed by his decision on the game's final play to ISO his defender and wave off Nikola Jokic who had position on Wesley Johnson on the block.

Gary Harris (A-) - Harris had a great first half in L.A., led Denver with 15 points at the break but then went quiet. Maybe the Clippers focused in on him more or maybe Harris just wasn't as assertive. Perhaps Denver didn't do a good enough job of getting the ball in his hands on the offensive end of the floor. He finished with four second-half points and also gets most of the credit for limiting All-Star hopeful Lou Williams to 17 points on 6-18 shooting.

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