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                  === Late run carries Nets past Clippers ===
 
 Brooklyn,  NY  (Sports Network) -  Brook Lopez scored  26 points and sparked a
 strong  late  run that lifted the  Brooklyn Nets to  an 86-76 win over the Los
 Angeles Clippers at the Barclays Center.
 
 Lopez  made two key baskets as part of a 12-2 spurt over the game's final four
 minutes  as  the Nets  ended a two-game  slide that followed  a string of five
 consecutive  victories. Joe  Johnson  knocked down  a back-breaking  3-pointer
 during the deciding stretch and finished with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
 
 Brooklyn  also  prevailed  by  owning  the paint,  putting  together  a  42-34
 advantage  in interior  points due  in large  part to  Lopez hitting  13-of-24
 attempts.
 
 "Brook  was  a monster tonight," said  Nets point guard Deron Williams. "Joe
 was great as well. It looked like Joe finally got into a rhythm offensively."
 
 The  Clippers shot  just 35.7  percent during  a 13-point  fourth quarter  and
 turned the ball over 20 times overall in suffering a second consecutive defeat
 after winning six in a row. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul each had 14 points in
 the setback.
 
 "We  didn't  get [Griffin]  the ball  enough, especially  in the second half,"
 Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro remarked. "And I thought we didn't open up
 the  court up well enough for Chris at times so he can get some attempts up as
 well. We need those guys to score."
 
 Paul added nine assists, while DeAndre Jordan posted 12 points and 13 rebounds
 for Los Angeles.
 
 The  Clippers fought back  from a 74-69 deficit with under five minutes to go,
 tying  the  contest on a conventional  three-point play from Jordan and Jordan
 Crawford's fast-break layup after stealing the ball away from Kris Humphries.
 
 That basket, which came with 4:15 remaining, would be Los Angeles' last as the
 Nets ripped off 12 consecutive points to seize the win.
 
 The  pivotal run began when Gerald Wallace made 1-of-2 free throws after being
 fouled by Paul moments after Crawford's score, and continued when Lopez sank a
 pair  of runners  in traffic within a  30-second span to put Brooklyn up 79-74
 with three minutes left.
 
 "Brook's been great for us all year," said Williams. "We've been able to count
 on him every game. He was being aggressive on both ends of the court, which is
 what we wanted to see."
 
 After  the  Clippers turned  it over on  their next two  trips down the court,
 Johnson  delivered  the dagger -- a  24-foot baseline jumper that extended the
 lead to eight with 1:42 on the clock.
 
 Los Angeles continued to misfire as time wound down, and the Nets sealed it by
 making good on 4-of-6 foul shots in the closing seconds.
 
 Neither  team  was ahead  by  more  than seven  points  over  the first  three
 quarters,  with the  contest knotted  at 63-63  entering the  fourth. Brooklyn
 would  score the  first five  points of  the final  period, with  Reggie Evans
 draining a pair of free throws after Keith Bogans put the Nets in front with a
 3-pointer with 9:40 left.
 
 The  lead teetered around  five until Jordan threw down a dunk off a Paul feed
 and  was fouled with 4:42 remaining, with the Clippers' big man converting the
 ensuing   bonus  shot  before  Crawford  pick-pocketed  Humphries  and  scored
 uncontested.
 
 The  Clippers  did close out  the first half  strong, with two Griffin buckets
 jump-starting  an  8-0 flurry that  gave Los Angeles  a 47-40 advantage at the
 break.
 
 Brooklyn  chipped  into its deficit in  the third quarter, pulling even when a
 Lopez dunk knotted the score at 53-53 near the midway point of the session.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Los  Angeles has now  lost 13 of the past 14 meetings between the teams on the
 road  ...  Wallace returned to the  Nets' lineup after sitting out Wednesday's
 loss at Golden State with an ankle injury that kept him out of six of the last
 seven games, finishing with eight points in 38 minutes ... The Clippers' Caron
 Butler came back from a one-game absence due to a strained right shoulder, but
 managed  just seven  points on  3-of-9  shooting ...  Los Angeles  had a  17-0
 advantage  in  fast-break points ...  The Clippers lost  for the first time in
 seven games this season when leading at the half.
 
 
 11/24 00:49:04 ET

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