Clippers claim first win in Brooklyn
(The Sports Xchange) - The Los Angeles Clippers made history on Saturday with a 105-100 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, their first at Barclays Center.
Clippers guard Chris Paul (15 points, 14 assists) and forward Blake Griffin (21 points, nine rebounds) were huge contributors late in the game to extend the Clippers' lead each time the Nets made a push.
"We've been having big issues with closing out games this year," Paul said. "We had leads on teams and let them back in it. It's a negative in that we're still letting teams back in the game, but it's a positive in that we were able to close it out.
"Down the stretch, me and Blake I think worked our two-man game to perfection. That's something that we just have to keep working on."
Griffin's elbow jumper with 49 seconds put the Clippers in front 101-95.
"If I can get to the rim, I'll always try to be aggressive and attack, but that shot was open," Griffin said. "It's a shot that I work on every single day."
The Clippers (14-10), whose only other road win against the Nets came in East Rutherford, N.J. on Dec. 11 2007, went inside early, with center DeAndre Jordan and Griffin wowing the crowd with thunderous dunks and alley-oops.
"He's definitely our anchor and I think we rely on him, meaning the other four guys on the court, to be the helper, the rebounder and the voice of our defense," guard J.J. Redick said of Jordan. "He's been great lately."
After making just two of 11 shots from the field in an 83-80 loss on Thursday in Chicago, Redick bounced back to scorch the Nets for 21 points, including four of six from three-point range. Continued...