J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The final score from Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon will show the Clippers defeated the host Nets 105-100 at Barclays Center. It was the Clippers’ third victory out of four games on this five-game road trip.
But the Clippers also once again showed a lack of killer instinct. They held an 18-point lead (83-65) with 10:07 to play in the game over a Nets team that may have been at home, but came in with a record of 7-15. When the Nets’ Thaddeus Young made a 6-footer with 3:50 to go, Brooklyn was within two at 93-91.
The Clippers (14-10) did regroup to outscore the Nets 12-9 down the stretch, but this was not a victory to write home about, other than it broke a seven-game road losing streak to the Nets.
Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick scored 21 apiece; Griffin also had nine rebounds and four assists. Chris Paul had 15 points,14 assists and three steals and DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Paul Pierce, who has struggled so mightily, had a good game off the bench. He scored 10 points on 4 of 6 from the field – 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
The Clippers shot 50 percent from the field, but were outrebounded 46-40. They also had 12 steals to just five for Brooklyn.
Young led the Nets (7-16) with 18 points, Jarrett Jack scored 16 and doled out 14 assists, Joe Johnson and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 15 and Brook Lopez had 14 points and 12 rebounds.