Balanced Clippers put seven in double figures, stop struggling Nets
NEW YORK — Lou Williams scored 20 points, DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and they got plenty of help from a balanced Clippers lineup in a 114-101 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
Seven Clippers scored in double figures and the team shot 56.5 percent from the field in its fourth win in five games, bouncing back nicely from a loss in Philadelphia.
Austin Rivers scored 17 points, Danilo Gallinari had 16 and reserve Montrezl Harrell collected 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting. The Clippers made 19 of their first 26 shots and won for the 12th time in 17 games.
D’Angelo Russell and Joe Harris each scored 16 for the Nets, who dropped their sixth straight.
The Clippers are still adjusting to a different team after trading Blake Griffin to Detroit, and Coach Doc Rivers said the Clippers were being careful not to call too many plays, since the new players hadn’t had enough time to learn them.
Whatever they did Monday worked just fine.
The Clippers were 15 of 21 in the first quarter, building a 34-22 lead. They kept it up in the second, pushing the lead to 45-28 on consecutive layups by Harrell, who made all four shots in seven first-half minutes. The Clippers led 66-51 at the break.
They had 90 points after three quarters and when the Nets cut it to nine in the fourth, the Clippers scored six straight to take a comfortable lead again.
Clippers: Point guard Milos Teodosic returned after missing two games with a sore right foot and had seven points and four assists. … The Clippers won for just the second time in six games at Barclays Center.
Nets: Forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (right groin strain) and guard Caris LeVert (right knee sprain) will remain out through the All-Star break. … Guard Milton Doyle, who has played in six games for the Nets, was voted the NBA G League Player of the Week for last week’s games.
BACK TO BOSTON
Doc Rivers attended the Celtics’ loss to Cleveland on Sunday for Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony. The rare appearance at an NBA game he wasn’t playing or coaching in wasn’t just a day off, though, since the former Celtics coach wasn’t exactly there as a fan only.
“I was more of a coach because we play Boston on Wednesday, so I was sitting there as a complete coach and scout,” he said. “But it still was really interesting to do that. I may have to do that more. It was really cool. I got a lot out of it, I really did.”
Clippers: Visit Boston on Wednesday.
Nets: Host Indiana on Wednesday.
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