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Nets topple Clippers to end perfect West Coast trip

James Harden had 37 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists as the Brooklyn Nets won their sixth consecutive contest with a 112-108 victory over the host Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, February 21 (Monday, February 22, Manila time).

Kyrie Irving scored 28 points with 8 assists as the Nets successfully completed a five-game road trip. They also improved to 7-0 against the Pacific Division this season.

Joe Harris, DeAndre Jordan, and Bruce Brown scored 13 each for the Nets. Jordan also grabbed 11 rebounds and recorded 4 blocks, while Brown had 4 steals.

Brooklyn's Kevin Durant (hamstring) missed his fourth straight game. The Nets lost forward Jeff Green with an apparent shoulder injury after a collision with Clippers guard Patrick Beverley with 2:50 remaining.

Paul George had 34 points and 7 rebounds but sat out the game's crucial minutes down the stretch, possibly because he was on a minutes restriction. Kawhi Leonard had 29 points with 5 five-pointers and 13 rebounds, while Ivica Zubac finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Leonard's two free throws sliced the Nets' lead to 107-103 with 1:53 left. After a free throw by Jordan gave Brooklyn a five-point advantage, a three-pointer by Lou Williams and two more foul shots by Leonard tied the score at 108-all with 28.6 seconds left.

Jordan tipped in an Irving miss with 11 seconds remaining for a 110-108 lead. Leonard committed an offensive foul with 8.1 seconds on the clock before Harden sealed the win with two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining.

The Nets led 89-79 heading into the 4th quarter. They increased the margin to 96-81 after two foul shots by Harden less than 4 minutes into the quarter before the Clippers rallied.

The Nets owned a 58-51 lead at the break.

Harden led all scorers with 21 first-half points.

Brooklyn committed just 3 first-half turnovers compared to 9 for Los Angeles. Overall, the Nets only had 6 turnovers to 16 for the Clippers.

The Nets swept the season series. They defeated the Clippers, 124-120, on February 2 in Brooklyn. – Rappler.com