Don’t look now, but the Brooklyn Nets have now 3 straight games.
Brooklyn cruised past the Clippers winning 102-93, extending the Nets longest winning streak of the season.
The final score wasn’t indicative of the the way the game was played. Brooklyn led by as many as 21 points in the 4th quarter, before the Clippers bench made it a little bit closer in the final four minutes.
It was the Deron Williams and Brook Lopez show in the first half. Williams outplayed his nemesis Chris Paul as Brooklyn jumped out to a 12-point half-time lead.
Joe Johnson helped put the game away in the 3rd scoring 11 of his 21 points. Andray Blatche came on at the end of the quarter to score 6 straight points.
The only downside in the game for Brooklyn was Brook Lopez having to leave the game in the 3rd quarter with a sprained ankle. Lopez missed 7 games earlier in the season after injuring that same ankle, and it’s unknown at this point how long he will be out.
For the Clippers, only 3 players cracked double figures. Chris Paul led the way with 20 points, Jamal Crawford had 19, and Blake Griffin added 12.
The loss snapped LA’s brief 2-game win streak.
A big storyline entering the game was Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett playing against their former coach Doc Rivers. Pierce came off the bench to start for just the 5th time in his career scoring 10 points. Garnett scored only 2 points in 15 minutes of action.
Up next for the Nets is a road match-up with the Pistons in Detroit. Brooklyn could certainly use Brook Lopez to help contain Andre Drummond.
The Clippers conclude its 7-game road trip on Saturday against the Wizards.