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Early lead propels Clippers

The LA Clippers early lead helped them hang on in the end as they upset the Denver Nuggets 106-99 Friday night.

LA won the game as a 9-point underdog, while the 205 points fell UNDER the posted total of 206.5.

Rasual Butler led the Clippers with 27 points, and Al Thornton added 18 in the win.

Carmelo Anthony tossed in a game-high 37 points in a losing effort for the Nuggets.