The Clippers got off to a fast start, responded when challenged, and romped to a simple 112-91 triumph over the visiting Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, welcoming Matt Barnes back to the court with a comprehensive performance.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul contributed their customary double-doubles and Barnes saw his first action in more than a month as the Clippers (19-9) matched their season-best winning streak before a sellout crowd of 19,129 at Staples Center, making it four in a row for the third time this year.

Jamal Crawford scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 6 of 12 beyond the 3-point arc, and the Pacific Division leaders’ extraordinary defense left the struggling Nuggets (14-12) little chance to compete.

Griffin scored 24 points and pulled down 16 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season, and Paul had 10 points and 11 assists for his 21st as L.A. raced to an 11-2 lead barely two minutes after tipoff, extended it to 19 before halftime, then pulled away — behind three third-quarter 3-pointers from Crawford — after Denver climbed within six points shortly after the break.

“We said we didn’t feel like we had the right energy or played with the right spirit against New Orleans (in a victory Wednesday night), and we have a back-to-back tonight and (Sunday evening against Minnesota),” said Paul, who had four assists in the first 3½ minutes and a half-dozen a little more midway through the first quarter. “So we wanted to come out and try to put them away, and I think we did that.”

Wilson Chandler scored 19 first-half points on 8-of-11 shooting but missed all four of his second-half shots for the Nuggets, whose cause wasn’t helped by point guard Ty Lawson’s flu-triggered fatigue, which limited him to just two second-half minutes, nor power forward Kenneth Faried’s departure after rolling his left ankle just 3:15 into the game.