When you're going up against JaVale McGee and he knocks down a buzzer-beating three-pointer, there's a good chance things just aren't going your way.
It's exactly what happened to the Los Angeles Clippers at the end of the third quarter in Denver Tuesday night, resulting in a 92-78 loss to the Nuggets, and an end to their epic 17-game winning streak.
Facing a team that had lost only one home game all season, the Clippers didn't play their best. They were pounded on the glass, gave up offensive rebound after offensive rebound, missed open three-pointer after open three-pointer (5-of-29), and their interior defense was invisible from the opening tip.
On top of all that, Los Angeles got very little from their bench and Blake Griffin couldn't stay out of foul trouble. What the Clippers did on the court in Denver was a perfect recipe for losing. And lose they did.