Nets top Clippers, to make the 7-4 record, on a night with lots of highlight moments.It was a really fun game. How could it not be? Two talented team with many superstars on the floor, lots of highflyers and shot blockers.
The game was really tight at the beginning. The Clippers managed to get a lot of easy points early on, with good ball movement and many dishes. Once again we saw some really nice dunks and alley oops. The first period ended with the teams tied at 25 and the Clippers in fact held a 7 point advantage by the end of the first half. Then, at the second half, Brooklyn became really stronger and more competitive thus allowing only 10 baskets in the second half and containing Chris Paul and Blake Griffin at the offensive end. They both finished with 14 points each. Clippers made lots of mistakes, especially in the second half (20 in total) and lost some easy chances to get back in to the game. But they just couldn’t make that happen. Not with Paul being scoreless in the last quarter. Little help was given by the rest of the crew, with Jordan finishing with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Crawford with 14 points. All other Clipper players finished with single digits. Coach Del Negro stated after the game”The turnovers really hurt us tonight. We didn’t shoot the basketball. We missed a lot of easy shots”
On the other hand, the Nets got a really nice game from Brook Lopez, who finished with a game high 26 points and some really nice dunks to fire things up. Williams had 11 points and 8 assist, but his shot continue to struggle 3 of 10 from the field. Joe Johnson contributed with 19 to help the Nets end their 2 game losing streak. We just tried to make things as hard as possible for him,” Williams said. Reggie Evans really showed up off the bench and provided a nice boost to finish with 6 points and 12 rebounds against his former team.
Sitting among the fans at the Barclays Center, Nets co-owner Jay-Z with his wife and star singer Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and other stars. With something less than 2 minutes before the end of the 3rd quarter, there were some pretty loud chants of “Overrated, Overrated” against Griffing, causing him to miss a pair of free throws right after. Next one for the Clippers, Saturday at Atlanta and for the Nets Sunday vs Portland.