NBA: Nuggets break Clippers streak

The Los Angeles Clippers' 17-game winning streak was finally halted as they slipped to a 92-78 defeat against the Denver Nuggets.

Vinny Del Negro; Blake Griffin; LA Clippers

Danilo Gallinari scored 17 points to lead six men in double figures for the Nuggets, who, after taking a 17-16 lead midway through the first quarter, never trailed.

Blake Griffin and reserve Eric Bledsoe, with 12 points apiece, led the misfiring Clippers, whose streak was a franchise record.

Carmelo Anthony poured in 45 points but it was not enough to stop the Portland Trail Blazers beating New York Knicks 105-100.

Anthony's feat came on his return from two games out with a knee injury, while JR Smith had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Amare Stoudemire played for the first time this season for the Knicks following knee surgery.

Nicolas Batum paced Portland with 26 points, while Damian Lillard added 21 and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Kobe Bryant's 36 points were in vain for the Los Angeles Lakers, who lost 103-99 to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jrue Holiday led the 76ers with 26 points and 10 assists.

Vince Carter scored 23 points as the Dallas Mavericks halted a six-game skid by beating the Washington Wizards 103-94.

The Atlanta Hawks beat the New Orleans Hornets 95-86 and the Detroit Pistons were 103-97 winners over the Sacramento Kings.

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