Clippers almost lose big lead before defeating Nets 105-100

J.J. Redick

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.

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DeAndre Jordan could not block this game-winning shot by Brooklyn’s Jarrett Jack/Photo by Associated Press

 

Blake Griffin admitted he was not aggressive enough in this game. He took only 10 shots and made six for 13 points, well under his season-scoring average of 22.6. Two days earlier, in a win at San Antonio, Griffin took 21 shots and made 12 for 31 points. That’s not to mention Griffin had just six rebounds in this one compared to 13 at San Antonio.

– Did the Clippers quit playing defense as coach Doc Rivers suggested after they earned a nine-point lead with 1:46 to play in the game? Well, the Nets scored 15 points during that final 1:46 and did not miss a field-goal attempt. What do you think? Fifteen points in a minute and 46 seconds? Wow!

– It’s interesting to see what DeAndre Jordan had 22 points and a whopping 20 rebounds. Yet, he did not block even one shot for the first time since Nov. 23 at Memphis.

J.J. Redick played just four minutes and had to leave the game with back spasms. Redick missed the first game of this road trip at Utah because of back spasms, so now this has become a concern. Redick played just 35 games in 2013-14 because of injuries, one of which was a bulging disk in his back.

Jamal Crawford scored 18 points, but shot just 7 of 22 from the field – 2 of 7 from 3-point range. The first 3-point basket he made allowed him to move into eighth-place all-time with 1,789 made 3-pointers. Next up for Crawford to pass at No. 7 is Chauncey Billups, who has 1,830.

Jarrett Jack: Players should boycott all games if Sterling still owns Clippers next season

Jarrett Jack, currently of the Cleveland Cavaliers and formerly of the Golden State Warriors, told Bay Area radio station 95.7 The Game that players should boycott all NBA games if Donald Sterling still owns the Clippers when next season rolls around.

Sterling has been banned for life by NBA commissioner Adam Sterling for his racist comments toward African-Americans released via audio on TMZ early Saturday morning.

“The thing I would propose is that nobody plays another game for the Clippers as long as that man is in control – period, point blank,” Jack said Thursday morning. “We don’t play another game until that man is removed – as a league. It’s not a Clipper issue, it’s a league issue and we should all take a stance on it.”