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                 === Clippers, Nets square off in Brooklyn ===
 (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers will resume a four-game road trip
 Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
 The Clippers had their six-game winning streak stopped Wednesday, a 117-111
 overtime defeat at the hands of the defending Western Conference champion
 Oklahoma City Thunder.
 Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 23 points and Chris Paul was limited to
 nine in the loss. Paul dished out nine assists for the Clippers, who still
 lead the Pacific Division and were aiming for their first seven-game winning
 streak since an eight-game surge Nov. 30-Dec. 15, 1991.
 "Give the Thunder a little credit but we have to do a better job of helping
 Chris Paul out," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We need to open up the
 floor as much as we can. I was proud of our guys though, we could have folded
 easily but we kept fighting."
 Matt Barnes finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals, and was
 filling in for injured forward Caron Butler. Butler is dealing with a balky
 shoulder and is questionable for Friday. Barnes is probable with a dislocated
 pinky finger.
 L.A. is off to its second-best 11-game start in team history and has held
 opposing teams below 46 percent shooting in eight straight games -- one shy of
 matching a franchise record set in 2001-02.
 The Clippers are third in the league with 102.4 ppg and will close out their
 four-game swing at Atlanta Saturday night.
 Brooklyn looks to get back on track and has dropped two straight since reeling
 off five wins in a row from Nov. 9-18.
 In a 102-93 loss at Golden State in the finale of a three-game western road
 trip, Brook Lopez scored 22 points and Joe Johnson added 13 for the Nets, who
 saw the Warriors make 53.3 percent of their shots. Andray Blatche and Kris
 Humphries had 11 and 10 points, respectively, in defeat.
 The Nets were outscored 33-20 in the third quarter.
 "We have to figure how to change it up. Our defense really had a low grade in
 the third quarter," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "They were ready and had
 more energy than we did in the second half."
 The Warriors held a 17-5 edge over Brooklyn in fastbreak points.
 Brooklyn is slated to host Portland and New York as well on the homestand, and
 hopes to improve to 5-1 as the host this season. The Nets have held their
 opponent under 100 points in five of the last seven games and are 4-0 when
 scoring 100-plus points.
 The Nets and Clippers split a pair of meetings a season ago, with each team
 winning on its home floor. The Clippers have lost their past four as the guest
 in this series.
 11/23 10:51:36 ET

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