LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Harden scored 37 points and the Brooklyn Nets held off a enraged fourth-quarter rally to edge the Los Angeles Clippers 112-108 on Sunday evening for his or her season-most interesting sixth victory in a row.
The Nets wrapped up a 5-0 day out, beating Golden State, Sacramento, Phoenix, and each Los Angeles teams to total their longest undefeated single day out in franchise history. All but two of the wins were by double digits. They’ve now defeated West teams eight straight instances.
“Winning six in a row, all it does is maintain the arena restful for a bit,” Kyrie Irving said. “Once we hit a bump in the road, then it’s, ‘What’s going on with the Nets?’ The destination is making it to that main stage and earning our way there.”
Harden honest ignored a triple double, finishing with 11 rebounds and seven assists. Irving added 28 points and eight assists.
Paul George led the Clippers with 34 points. Kawhi Leonard had 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting. Ivica Zubac finished with 13 points, but no totally different Clippers reached double figures. Lou Williams was 2 of 11, and Marcus Morris 2 of 7.
The Nets dominated in the paint, outscoring the Clippers, 60-38.
Leonard hit a pair of free throws to it it 108-all with 28 seconds remaining.
Irving ignored a 3-pointer and ragged Clipper DeAndre Jordan grabbed the offensive rebound and scored. Leonard bought called for an offensive obnoxious that achieve Harden at the line, and he made each free throws to finish off the victory.
“No call, so great protection,” said Leonard, who promptly bought up and walked out of his postgame virtual media session.
Brooklyn bought off to a speedily start in the fourth. Harden breezed past Zubac to find, Joe Harris hit a 3-pointer and Harden made a pair of free throws for a 15-point lead — its largest of the game.
Zubac and George combined to find 20 straight points, drawing the Clippers to 103-99. Zubac dunked twice and George made two 3-pointers and six free throws in the spurt. Leonard ran off four in a row that drew the Clippers to 107-103.
Patrick Beverley fouled Jeff Inexperienced from behind with 2: 50 remaining. Inexperienced crumpled to the flooring and the Clippers challenged the call, but misplaced. Inexperienced kicked over a drink cooler on his way off the court docket.
“We confirmed mental toughness and belief by continuing on this day out no matter who is available,” Nets coach Steve Nash said, citing the team’s 24-point comeback at Phoenix and its restoration from blowing the lead to the Clippers. “A few of that toughness has to be built, it’s no longer honest grew to grow to be on.”
Williams hit a 3-pointer and Jordan fouled Leonard, who made each for the tie.
Brooklyn stretched a seven-point halftime lead to 11 points in the third. The Clippers closed within four points on a basket by George, but the Nets fast bought back to double digits on a 3-pointer by Harris.
Irving scored 12 points — matching his total from the primary half — to send the Nets into the fourth leading 89-79.
“We’re gentle growing, but right here is a really good road day out for us,” Harden said. “From once I first bought right here, we’re playing hard and we’re playing smart. We’ve had time to plod over things on both facet of the ball and that’s why we’re playing better.”
Nets: Kevin Durant ignored his fourth straight game with a left hamstring strain. He’s averaging 29 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists. “Even when Kevin gets back, it’s no longer going to be easy,” Harden said.
Clippers: Fell to 11-6 at dwelling. … Previously misplaced to the Nets by four points Feb. 2.
OVER AND OUT
George was pulled with 2: 50 to play and the Clippers down six. He had clocked 33 minutes; his playing time is being restricted as he returns from a toe injury. “I wanted to maintain going,” he said. “I’m healthy and I really feel good.”
Harden is working to assist out individuals in his ragged city of Houston affected by the winter storms that knocked out electrical energy and caused pipes to burst in the unusual wintry that battered the region. Besides food, he says water will be shipped in this week and he’s talking to plumbing companies about repairs. “It won’t stop because there’s so many individuals that’s been affected that I can’t stop,” he said. “Phone calls each day trying to impact the town because they’re proven me so noteworthy love and admire.”
Nets: Host Sacramento on Tuesday evening.
Clippers: Host Washington on Tuesday evening.
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