NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden relished of project to take a look at themselves against the NBA’s handiest.
The Los Angeles Clippers left Brooklyn impressed — and interested for one other shot on the Nets.
Irving scored a season-high 39 aspects, collectively with eight straight in the fourth-quarter lag that despatched Brooklyn into the lead for beautiful, and the Nets beat the Clippers 124-120 on Tuesday evening.
Durant added 28 aspects, Harden had 23 aspects, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, and the three stars scored the whole aspects in the decisive 13-0 spurt. The Nets held on from there to snap the Clippers’ three-recreation winning chase.
“We honest matched it tonight,” Irving mentioned. “We knew that they had been going to bring it, so it became as soon as honest a thrilling recreation. It became as soon as huge competition for the head gamers on this planet, a pair of of the head gamers on this planet to transfer against every other on TV.”
Kawhi Leonard scored 33 aspects and Paul George had 26 for the Clippers, who entered with the NBA’s handiest yarn and lost for honest the 2nd time in 12 video games.
They’d a 5-point lead halfway thru the fourth before Durant hit a 3-pointer. Irving adopted with even handed one of his non-public, then made a basket and one other 3. Harden accomplished off the spurt with a 3, making it 110-102 with 4: 10 to play.
“I believed there became as soon as a stretch there the assign we played huge defense, had been of their face and it became as soon as virtually treasure every even handed one of them took a turn making a shot,” George mentioned. “They’re honest tough. They’re tough to offer protection to.”
The Clippers obtained it all the manner down to 1 in the final seconds before Irving’s free throws closed it out. They host the Nets on Feb. 21.
“It became as soon as a fun matchup,” George mentioned. “Scrutinize forward to doing it again.”
The Nets bounced help from an embarrassing defensive performance, when they gave up 48 aspects in the fourth quarter Sunday in a 149-146 loss to Washington, which has the fewest wins in the league.
Taking a compare gorgeous defensively promised to be tough against a Los Angeles crew that got here in leading the NBA in 3-point share. The Clippers accomplished 15 for 36, correct at their moderate of 41.7%, nonetheless Irving hit six in the help of the arc and the Nets obtained the stops they wished for his or her sixth straight house victory.
“After we catch that down pat defensively, you’re talking about blowing groups out,” Harden mentioned, “on yarn of offensively we’ll continue to figure it out. Defensively, we now maintain got to figure it out. That’s what it have to be in express for us to be playing on the end.”
The Clippers made 9 of their first 11 photographs and raced to a 12-point lead. The margin became as soon as peaceable 11 with under 3 1/2 minutes left in the half of, nonetheless the Nets closed with a 12-2 spurt to path honest 58-57 on the smash.
Clippers: Nicolas Batum returned after lacking a recreation with a groin atomize and scored 21 aspects. … One in all Tyronn Lue’s assistants is Kenny Atkinson, who became as soon as the Nets’ coach for 3 1/2 seasons before they made a replace in March honest before the season became as soon as suspended. Lue chuckled and offered a “no insist” when asked if he thought the game supposed further to Atkinson, who’s from New York.
Nets: Brooklyn had scored 30 or more aspects in 9 straight quarters before being held to 24 in the principle. … Nets coach Steve Nash thought it became as soon as “potentially too rapidly” to search files from that heart Norvel Pelle, signed final week, could well perchance catch a contribution, nonetheless added “we can’t bellow that with no end in sight.”
The Nets played their 10th recreation since acquiring Harden on Jan. 14. YES Community, which televises the Nets in the neighborhood, mentioned viewership became as soon as up 69% from then, from an moderate of 72,000 viewers to 122,000. The two most-viewed video games globally on NBA League Budge this season maintain come since Harden’s acquisition. The Jan. 21 recreation against Cleveland when the Huge Three played collectively for the principle time became as soon as first adopted by the Jan. 16 recreation when Harden made his Nets debut against Orlando.
Clippers: Visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in the final recreation of their six-recreation shuttle.
Nets: Host the Toronto Raptors on Friday.
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