At this point in the season, the Clippers are the best team in the NBA. They aren't its most talented team, or the team most likely to win the championship come May — those honors would go to the Heat or the Thunder — but right now, there's no squad as deep, as efficient, or as consistent. And on New Year's Day, the Clippers headed to Denver having won their last 17 games, dating back to a November 26 loss against the Hornets. JaVale McGee was waiting for them.
Denver ended up dominating the Clippers 92-78, dealing them their worst loss of the season so far, and no Nugget was more integral in the blowout than McGee, who shined like the goofy, weirdo diamond that he is. McGee's line was a solid 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and one blocked shot, but it wasn't so much the numbers that he put up — it was how he got them.