networks beat the Clippers 110–95 on Saturday in Los Angeles to win their second game in a row.
Trainer Jacque Vaughn went with Edmond Sumner back to the point Kyrie Irving is serving a suspension. Joined Sumner Kevin DuranNick Claxton, Royce O’Neill and Joe Harris like Brooklyn’s starting five.
That’s one plus 36 in the 51 minutes they’ve played together this season.
Here are the conclusions…
– Brooklyn’s defense has improved since Vaughn took over as head coach, and it showed in the first frame. They held the Clippers to seven points in the first seven minutes of the first quarter. Unfortunately, the Nets weren’t able to take advantage as they shot just 29 percent from the field.
Their defense did result in a few light buckets in the opening minutes which gave them some cushioning, but the Clippers Paul George used his size against Seth Curry lead Los Angeles to a 7-1 scoreline with three minutes left.
– The Nets started the game with a score of 0:3 out of three, and during the first quarter the situation did not improve. They finished 4 of 11, but Durant and Sumner’s combination gave Brooklyn a 24–19 lead after the first.
Durant was 3-for-6 (2-for-3 out of three) and had 11 points and three rebounds. Sumner was also 3 of 6 but 2 of 4 from downtown with nine points.
-Won used the Harris band, Curry, Patty Mills, Ben Simmons as well as Cam Thomas to start the second one. The Clippers took advantage of the second group’s lack of size and offensive prowess to go on a 9-0 streak to take a 31-29 lead with eight minutes remaining.
Simmons committed his third foul in just nine minutes on the floor at the 5:30 mark in the second, forcing Vaughn to return to his starting position. With the first unit, the Nets would go on a 9-0 streak to regain their lead. But some blocking defense from the Clippers helped them take a 10-4 lead in the last two minutes as Los Angeles cut the lead to 54-50 by halftime.
Both teams shot better in the second quarter, with Brooklyn (50 percent) taking the win over the Clippers (48 percent), but Los Angeles were able to hit their triples to finish and play once.
– The third quarter for both teams was much more offensive than the first. The Clippers were 8-0 up and 67-64 up with seven minutes left in the quarter. The Nets calmed down defensively as both teams went back and forth for most of Game 3.
Brooklyn hit 50 percent in the third round, and the Clippers hit just 37 percent after a hot start. Durant scored 10 points in the quarter (25 total at the moment) and really helped the Nets maintain a 75-71 lead in the final frame. Sumner is the only player with double figures after three.
Five of the Nets’ 10 losses came this quarter, and Duran earned his fourth foul — and technical one — of the frame.
– Duran started the fourth quarter on the bench, with his four fouls, with the second one starting the second quarter on the floor. The Clippers made a mini-run to tie at 77 and Vaughn was forced to take a timeout.
With seven minutes left, Durant returned and the Nets’ attack/defense calmed down again. Brooklyn went 15-2 ahead with four minutes left to give the Nets a breather. Most of that run was from defense as the Clippers kept throwing contested threes, resulting in fast breaks.
Curry exhausted straight threes to give the Nets a 99–88 lead, their biggest lead in the game to that point. In the fourth quarter he had 14 points. The Clippers emptied their bench with two minutes left and were 16 points behind. Soon the Nets did the same.
– Before Saturday’s game, starting October 31, the Nets defense changed the situation. They are first in the league in scoring (96.3) and first in field goal percentage (40.1%), and that’s true today.
It is also the fifth game in which the Nets have allowed under 100 points, the longest streak since the 2014-15 season.
– Duran finished with 27 points, six rebounds and three assists on 63 percent shooting from the field. Curry finished with 22 points on 60 percent accuracy, including 4 out of 8 out of three.
Brooklyn will continue their West Coast tour against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at 9:30 pm EST.
Coach Jacques Vaughn announced before Saturday’s game that Kyrie Irving will not play Sunday.