January 16, 2012
Griffin, Clippers beat Nets without Paul
LOS ANGELES—With floor general Chris Paul nowhere in sight, the
Billups scored nine of his 20 points in the final 4:23 after the Clippers blew an 18-point lead, Blake Griffin had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Los Angeles held off the NETS 101-91 on Monday while Paul sat out with a strained left hamstring.
Trailing by 13 after a three-point play by Reggie Evans with 10 minutes remaining, the Nets tied it at 81 with a 15-2 run capped by Deron Williams' 3-pointer with 6:46 to play. But the Clippers outscored them 20-10 the rest of the way, as Billups drained a clinching 3-pointer with 1:09 left and added a pair of free throws.
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NETS-CLIPPERS LIVE FEED
TURNING POINT: The Clippers used a 16-0 first-quarter run to take a double-digit lead, then extended their advantage to as many as 18 before the Nets rallied to tie the score, 81-81, with 6:46 remaining in the fourth quarter. Kris Humphries had a chance to give the Nets their first lead but he missed a 17-foot jumper and Clippers guard Randy Foye scored on back-to-back fast-break layups. The Nets never got back within three points the rest of the way.
GOOD MOVE/BAD MOVE: Nets small forward DeShawn Stevenson received a rare opportunity to start against the Clippers, helping form the ninth different starting lineup for the Nets this season. He'll probably only be remembered for the flagrant foul he committed on Blake Griffin as he went up for a lob with 3:22 remaining in the first half and the Clippers holding a nine-point lead. Griffin made the first free throw and missed the second, then scored on a slam dunk on the ensuing possession for a 12-point lead.
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NETS NOTES C Johan Petro added 10 points (5-7 FGs) in 15 1/2 minutes off the bench...F Shawne Williams added 8 points and 8 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench...G Jordan Farmar led the team with 7 assists, also pulling down 7 rebounds, in 29 miinutes backing up at point guard.
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|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
19 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
7-14 FGs, 2-5 3Ps
|On the near-comeback:
"We did a great job, got stops, shared the ball on the offensive end. We had some ups and downs, it was a tough game and a tough way to end a long road trip."