The Los Angeles Clippers haven't exactly hit the ground running since trading for James Harden, but it seemed like things were looking up for them especially when they're coming off a resounding weekend victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers, on Monday night, were set to face a Denver Nuggets team that was without Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Aaron Gordon, tipping the scales heavily in their favor.
However, both Reggie Jackson and DeAndre Jordan showed that revenge games aren't just myths. The former Clippers proceeded to torch the former franchise they called home, with Jackson putting up a 35-point, 13-assist double-double (on 15-19 shooting from the field) and Jordan tallying his best performance in a while with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists to lead the Nuggets to a 113-104 victory.
This marks yet another low point for a Clippers team that has ambitions to win a championship, as there is simply no excuse for a team boasting the likes of Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Paul George to fall victim to a Nuggets side that doesn't have its three best players.
Clippers let Reggie Jackson drop 35 points and 13 assist and DeAndre Jordan drop 21 points and 13 rebounds without Jokic, Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon in the year 2023
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Fans simply could not believe how the two Clippers outcasts proceeded to put in their best performances in recent memory; DeAndre Jordan, especially, looked like his younger self, connecting with Reggie Jackson over and over again to conjure up memories of Lob City.
Reggie Jackson and DeAndre Jordan in 2023 vs the Clippers pic.twitter.com/V2lKAkC11w
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Reggie Jackson ⏩ DeAndre Jordan (x5)
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In fact, Nuggets fans, in their celebration, even went as far as to compare Reggie Jackson and DeAndre Jordan's two-man game to that of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray's, which is both lavish praise for the two former Clippers and damning condemnation of the current Clippers' hopes of making much noise this season.
Reggie Jackson and Deandre Jordan in 2023 pic.twitter.com/UETa3R7CbM
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The Clippers will have to go back to the drawing board, especially when they have a tough slate ahead of them (a back-to-back set against the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors beginning on Wednesday, with another game against the Warriors on Saturday). Meanwhile, the Nuggets should welcome back Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon when they try to avenge their two losses this season to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, while Jamal Murray's return is on the horizon.