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Friday, November 23, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Nets 86, Clippers 76

By Mike Mazzeo

WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets are taking advantage of their home court early in the season.

They improved to 5-1 at Barclays Center -- their best home start since 2002-03 -- and snapped a two-game losing streak after beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 86-76, on Friday night.

The Nets (7-4) held the Clippers to just 40.3 percent shooting and 29 second-half points. Brooklyn used a 12-0 run to snap a 74-all tie and take command in the fourth quarter.

MR. EFFICIENT: Brook Lopez was at it again, scoring a game-high 26 points on 13-for-24 shooting. At this point, it seems like we should basically come to expect this from the 24-year-old center. He also had three blocks and five rebounds.

SUPER JOE: Joe Johnson, who had been shooting just 31 percent in his last four games, went 8-for-12 from the field. Johnson (19 points) wasn’t hesitant, instead bringing an unusual aggressive style of play to the court from the opening tip. He delivered the knockout punch -- a 3-pointer with 1:42 left that made it 82-74.

D-WILL VS. CP3: Deron Williams (11 points on 3-for-10 shooting, eight assists, three rebounds) didn’t play well, but he improved to 14-4 in his career against Chris Paul (14 points, nine assists, five rebounds). D-Will is now shooting just 33 percent in his last five games (23-for-69). He appeared to hurt his right wrist on a collision late in the fourth, but what else is new?

REGGIE! REGGIE!
Against his former team, Reggie Evans snatched up 12 rebounds in 22 minutes.

OPPOSITE DAY: The Nets were outscored 22-15 in the second quarter, but rebounded to outscore the Clippers 23-16 in the third. Extremely odd, given their season trends.

OUT-BOARDED: The Clippers out-rebounded the Nets, 45-35.

RE-JECTED
: Blake Griffin stuffed D-Will as he was trying to finish off a one-handed slam late in the first quarter. The picture would make for a nice poster.

CAROM COUNTER: Through 11 games, Lopez has grabbed 66 rebounds.

WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Jay-Z, Beyonce, Ray Romano, Billy Crystal and Kelly Rowland.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Blazers, Sunday at 3 p.m.