Griffin leads Clippers past Nuggets

Griffin leads Clippers past Nuggets
October 26, 2012, 12:47 am
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Los Angeles Clippers guard Willie Green brings the ball up the floor in the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)


DENVER (AP) Blake Griffin had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers closed out their exhibition schedule with a 106-94 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

The Clippers (5-3) open the regular season on Wednesday against Memphis. Denver (3-3) plays its exhibition finale Friday night against Phoenix before opening the season at Philadelphia, also on Wednesday.

Chris Paul, who missed Wednesday night's 97-91 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Lakers after colliding with a teammate in practice, had 10 points and 12 assists in his return to the Clippers' lineup. He seemed in sync with Griffin, connecting with him on several alley-oops that ended in dunks.

Corey Brewer led the Nuggets with 15 points. JaVale McGee had 13 and Kosta Koufos finished with 12.