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Nuggets beat Clippers 112-91 behind Gallinari's 21

Associated Press Modified: February 3, 2012 at 1:16 am •  Published: February 3, 2012

The Nuggets pulled away in the third when they outscored the Clippers 32-16 while shooting 65 percent. Gallinari hit consecutive 3-pointers to open the quarter, and Harrington closed it with two straight 3-pointers.

"They got out in transition and we did a poor job of getting back," Griffin said. "We kind of went cold there in the third. We were definitely tired. Four games in five nights is tough, but it's no excuse. We got to protect our homecourt better than that."

In between, Mozgov had nine points while Los Angeles slumped to 7 of 19 from the floor. Playing their fourth game in five nights, the Clippers closed within 10 points midway through the period before getting outscored 14-5 going into the fourth.

"We knew we had to be more aggressive throughout the game, especially with them playing a back-to-back," Gallinari said. "We did it and we were able to come up with a good stretch and were able to win the game in the third quarter."

All five of the Clippers' starters began the fourth on the bench, although Paul checked in 2:10 into the period with his team trailing by 21. He was the only starter to return and he sat down for good a couple minutes later, leaving Mo Williams to run a second unit that never posed a threat. Williams finished with 13 and Randy Foye 17.

"It's gone," Paul said of the result. "Hopefully this doesn't happen again."

Chauncey Billups, who had 32 points in the Clippers' 109-105 win at Denver on Sunday, had eight points and three assists against his old team.

The Clippers led most of the first half before Denver outscored them 9-4 to lead 54-51 at the break.

NOTES: Nuggets reserve G-F Corey Brewer wasn't with the team for personal reasons. Coach George Karl said he thought Brewer could be out the rest of the week. ... Billups played in his 1,000th career NBA game as did the Nuggets' Miller. ... Rihanna, Billy Crystal and Don Cheadle were among the sellout crowd that included retired Nuggets coach Dan Issel.