Rapid Reation: Nets 101, Clippers 100

March, 7, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: Jordan Farmar let a last-second 3-pointer fly ... BANG! Farmar’s wide-open 3-pointer from the right wing with 0.2 seconds left allowed the Nets to snap a seven-game home losing streak on Wednesday night as they beat the Clippers, 101-100 at Prudential Center. The Nets (13-27), who shot 58.3 percent in the first half, had blown an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter. They shot just 3-for-16 in the final period, but made 14 free throws. Farmar finished with 16 of the Nets bench’s 34 points.

TURNING POINT: The Nets opened up 1-for-8 from the field in the fourth quarter, allowing the Clippers to tie the game at 88 following a 17-8 run.

D-WILL VS. CP3: Deron Williams came out motivated against Chris Paul -- and it showed. D-Will scored the Nets’ first 11 points of the third quarter, and finished with a team-high 21 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Paul had 22 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, and outscored Williams 9-0 in the fourth. He had put Los Angeles ahead by one with 8.9 seconds remaining after getting fouled. Williams is now 13-4 in his career vs. Paul.

“ROOKIE” WATCH: MarShon Brooks had 14 of his 19 points in the first half. He shot 8-for-13 from the field -- including 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

STRONG START: The Nets shot 55.7 percent in the first quarter and led 27-22 after the opening 12 minutes -- their first lead after a first quarter in four games.

LOB CITY VS. BRICK CITY: Gerald Green’s head rose above the rim as he threw down a two-handed alley-oop dunk in the first quarter. It was all Blake Griffin from there. The Clippers high-flier had a vicious alley-oop flush and an emphatic one-handed reverse finish along the baseline in the third quarter. Later, Kris Humphries rejected a Griffin alley-oop in the period, which drew “Whoooaas!” and “We Love Humphries!” chants from the crowd. Griffin would return the favor.

AVOIDING A SCARE: Humphries dove for a loose ball with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter and hit Griffin in his lower left leg. Griffin stayed down for a bit, but got up and came back in following an injury timeout.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Five technical fouls were called: Humphries and Griffin got a double, Mo Williams had one and Kenyon Martin and Shelden Williams got a double. The Nets shot 7-for-12 from 3 in the first half, 3-for-13 in the second half.

WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Jay-Z and his massive and over-the-top gold chain, Giants wideout Victor Cruz, right tackle Kareem McKenzie and kicker Lawrence Tynes and Rutgers product Ray Rice all sat courtside. Cruz got a raucous ovation from the crowd when he was shown on the jumbotron in the second quarter. Griffin looked at Cruz after a bunch of his dunks, and Cruz was loving it. Greatness respects Greatness.

UP NEXT: Nets at Bobcats, Friday night, 7 p.m.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8