Late run carries Nets past Clippers

10:09 PM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
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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 in large part to Lopez hitting 13-of-24 attempts.

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.

Paul added nine assists, while DeAndre Jordan posted 12 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles.

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