Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
A Tribe Called Bench (LAC): A+
Call Matt Barnes a fluke if you'd like, but this is the 12th time in 14 games that he scored at least 10 points. It is the second consecutive game that he's had at least 15.
If Barnes' scoring touch is here to stay, how exactly do you expect to stop the L.A. Clippers?
Barnes finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in 32 minutes. His performance alone earns the Clippers bench a perfect score.
A game-high plus-20 rating doesn't hurt, either.
Even as Eric Bledsoe had a rough evening, the Clippers managed to set a season-high in bench points scored in one half, with 38 in the first quarter. They dropped in a quick 11 in the third quarter and an additional 15 in the fourth.
That's a total of 64 second-unit points.
Along with the points were 25 rebounds, 14 assists, seven steals and three blocks.
For one final note, Lamar Odom finished with another impressive outing. Six points, 10 rebounds, four assists, one block and a steal in 30 minutes.
If Odom can continue at this rate, L.A. will be unstoppable.
Denver Nuggets: D+
On a night in which the Denver Nuggets' second unit posted statistics as well as they could be asked, the L.A. Clippers reserves were dominant.
The Nuggets combined for 47 points. Unfortunately, eight of those points came from players that only played during garbage time.
As for why their grade is a D+, try this number.
The Nuggets reserves that played at least five minutes posted an average minus-17.5 rating.
They lost this game by being unable to compete with the Clippers' second unit.
Jordan Hamilton deserves a shout-out of the evening for his season-high 16 points in 17 minutes. His career-high is 18, also against LAC.
Unfortunately, their grade suffers significantly due to their horrendous plus/minus rating average.