Thursday, December 12, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nets 102, Clippers 93
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Beat former team. Check. Beat former coach. Check.
How sweep it is for Brooklyn Nets forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Two days after taking care of the Boston Celtics, Pierce and Garnett got the best of Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers in a 102-93 victory Thursday at Barclays Center.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets (8-14) increased their season-high winning streak to three. And they did so by securing their first signature victory in a long time over the Clippers (15-9), who were playing their third game in four nights. Brooklyn led by as many as 23 points.
Deron Williams played like a $98 million engine, guiding the Nets with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes. Joe Johnson added 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting.
Pierce, who came off the bench in consecutive games for the first time in his career, did well again as a facilitator of the second unit, putting up 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Andray Blatche also had a solid night off the bench, chipping in 21 points and nine rebounds.
Brook Lopez (16 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes) re-sprained his left ankle late in the third quarter and did not return to the game.
Chris Paul had 20 points and a season-low two assists. Blake Griffin had 12 points on 2-for-8 shooting.
The Nets shot 44.6 percent from the field, while holding the Clippers to 37.1 percent. Brooklyn went 28-for-30 from the free-throw stripe and 8-for-20 from 3-point range.
CLOSING TIME: The Nets closed the first half on a 46-21 run. Just like that, a 13-point deficit had become a 12-point lead. They had their best quarter of the season in terms of margin, outscoring the Clippers, 36-19, in the second. Then they had another fantastic third quarter, outscoring Los Angeles, 27-18. They have won three thirds in a row.
UP NEXT: Nets at Pistons on Friday night.