March 7, 2012
Farmar 3-pointer leads Nets over Clippers
MIAMI—Jordan Farmar hit a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left and the Nets survived a monster game from Blake Griffin to beat the
Griffin finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds, Chris Paul added 22 points, 10 assists and five steals and the Clippers mounted a second-half comeback to make a double-digit halftime deficit evaporate, but Farmar's clutch shot and a big game from Deron Williams helped the Nets stop a seven-game home losing skid.
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NETS-CLIPPERS LIVE FEED
TURNING POINT: In the waning moments of the second quarter, Nets rookie MarShon Brooks drilled a 3-pointer to extend New Jersey's lead to 55-44 with under 15 seconds remaining in the half. After Blake Griffin split a pair of free throws at the other end with 5.2 seconds left, Brooks got the ball back and juked Caron Butler up and down the court before stopping on a dime to stroke a long jumper to give the Nets a 57-45 lead heading into the break.
GOOD MOVE: After Blake Griffin threw down a SportsCenter-worthy reverse jam in his face late in the third quarter, Kris Humphries responded by breaking up a Paul-to-Griffin alley-oop attempt with a well-timed blocked shot. It got the crowd going, and on the ensuing Clippers possession, Humphries drew an offensive foul on Griffin.
INSIDE THE ARENA: Former Rutgers running back Ray Rice and current New York Giants Kareem McKenzie, Lawrence Tynes and Victor Cruz were in attendance, to the delight of the Nets crowd, and part-owner Jay-Z nearly caught an errant Humphries pass from his courtside seat late in the first quarter.
For more, read Abe Schwadron's NBA.com notebook
NETS NOTES The Nets have now won four straight home games against the Clippers, improving to 30-8 all-time against L.A. at home...Deron Williams' double-double of 21 points (7-17 FGs) and 10 assists was his 14th of the season...That total trails only Kris Humphries (16) among the Nets, with Hump posting 12 points and 11 rebounds against the Clippers...Shelden Williams also doubled up, tallying a season-high 15 points and 10 boards. That's the first time this season three players have done so in the same game.
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|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
16 PTS, 3 AST
6-11 FGs, 3-6 3Ps
|On Jordan's 3:
"Huge shot. They were pretty much trying to take the ball out of my hands in the second half, doubling me and denying me the ball.
"(Jordan) just hit a huge shot, from deep. He had ice in his veins tonight."