Barclays Center · Brooklyn
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By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Brook Lopez had 26 points, including consecutive baskets during the game's decisive stretch, and the Brooklyn Nets shut down the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for an 86-76 victory Friday night.
Brooklyn outscored Los Angeles 23-13 during a final period in which Chris Paul had no points, one assist, two turnovers and six fouls. Deron Williams didn't have a great game either, but he improved to 14-4 in the longtime rivalry between two of the NBA's top point guards.
Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets, who limited the Clippers to 29 points in the second half and got back on track after losing the final two games of a six-game road trip.
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By Jake Appleman
TURNING POINT: With the game in the balance, Lopez took matters into his own hands with a pair of maneuvers to put the Nets up 79-74. A Joe Johnson corner 3 put the Nets up eight and sealed the outcome.
INSIDE THE ARENA: Comedians Ray Romano and Billy Crystal (a huge Clippers fan) attended the game, along with Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Beyonce's former Destiny's Child band mate Kelly Rowland ... With the Nets struggling on the glass, the crowd chanted: "Reg-gie Ev-ans! Reg-gie Ev-ans!" Shortly thereafter, Evans checked in.
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Reggie Evans led the Nets with 12 rebounds, playing 22 minutes off the bench. It was the fourth time he's led the team and third he's toppped 10 in a game. Evans leads the NBA in rebounding efficiency, with 19.0 rebounds per 48 minutes...Joe Johnson had his best shooting night of the season, connecting on 8-of-12 attempts and a clutch three-pointer with 1 minute, 42 seconds remaining...Deron Williams (11 points, 8 assists) has led the team in dishes every game this season.
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Kris Humphries||C · Brook Lopez|
Los Angeles Clippers
|G · Chris Paul||G · Willie Green||F · Caron Butler||F · Blake Griffin||C · DeAndre Jordan|
Caron Butler (right shoulder strain) a GAMETIME DECISION, started.
Chauncey Billups (left Achilles' tendon rehab) was OUT.
Grant Hill (right knee bone bruise) was OUT.
Trey Thompkins (left knee bone bruise) was OUT.
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|GAME HIGH 26 PTS, 5 REB
13-24 FGs, 3 BLK
|"The first half, I felt like I was pushed around and I couldn't get my second wind. In the second half, I tried tried to tune everything out at halftime, kind of talk to myself. I just didn't wanna go out like that, especially when I've got my homeboy here, my brother here – I knew if I played soft, I'd have to go home and hear they mouth. I ain't have time to be getting it from them."|