Clippers aim for 5th straight win versus Nuggets

( - The Los Angeles Clippers will put their four-game winning streak on the line Monday night when they host the Denver Nuggets.

The Clippers haven't lost since Jan. 16 at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Two of their wins during this run came at home, but the Clippers hit the road in a big way following Monday's contest.

LA will go on an eight-game road trip which starts on Wednesday versus the Utah Jazz and finishes Feb. 9 against the Dallas Mavericks.

On Sunday, the Clippers knocked off the Phoenix Suns in Los Angeles, 120-100.

Chris Paul nearly recorded a triple-double and the Clippers beat the Suns for the sixth straight time. Paul posted 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

Blake Griffin also contributed 23 points, while J.J. Redick chipped in 20 points and DeAndre Jordan deposited an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double. Spencer Hawes finished with 11 off the bench and Jamal Crawford added 10 for the second unit.

It was a two-point spread following a Gerald Green 3-pointer just over a minute into the fourth quarter. However, the Clippers made sure they claimed victory by ripping off 15 straight points. Redick closed the surge with a pair of free throws that pushed Los Angeles ahead 111-94 with under four minutes left.

"(The Suns) are one of those teams that are never out of a game," Paul said. "It was good that we put them away."

The Nuggets have lost six straight and two in a row on the road. They start a three-game trek on Monday with stops in New Orleans and Memphis following their date with the Clippers.

On Sunday, Denver's skid reached six with a 117-115 overtime loss at home to the Washington Wizards.

Wilson Chandler hit a trey from the top of the key with 3.8 seconds left to make it a two-point game in overtime, and Paul Pierce threw a lazy inbounds pass, which Ty Lawson easily intercepted. Lawson could have forced double overtime, but his uncontested mid-range jumper missed short as time expired.

Lawson returned from a one-game absence following a DUI arrest and paced Denver with 31 points and 12 assists. Chandler added 20 and nine boards, followed by 12 from Darrell Arthur, 11 from Arron Afflalo and 10 out of J.J. Hickson.

"Things just aren't going our way," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said.

The Nuggets beat the Clippers by three in Denver on Dec. 19. The Nuggets have won three of the last four meetings with the Clippers, but LA has taken four straight as the host in this series.