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Brooklyn Nets shut down Los Angeles Clippers: 86-76

The Nets outscore the Clips 46-29 in the 2nd half to pull away from the Pacific's 1st place team.

Bruce Bennett

Brook Lopez had his usual big first quarter - then continued that performance for the rest of the game, going for 26 points, as the Nets defeated the Clippers 86-76 tonight in Brooklyn.

The Clippers led by seven at halftime, thanks to an 8-0 run to end the 2nd quarter, but the Nets completely stifled them in the second half - allowing only 29 points.

Joe Johnson added 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting and appeared to be more aggressive and comfortable with his shot. Reggie Evans had a strong game as well, pulling down 12 rebounds in 22 minutes and picking up some of the slack for an ineffective Kris Humphries.

Offensively, the big story was Lopez. He was able to consistently maneuver around Clippers centers DeAndre Jordan and Ryan Hollins and seemed to be able to score at will.

"My guys are just getting me good looks around the basket," Lopez said. "Where I can get one dribble or just go up and dunk and I'm getting a lot of easy looks thanks to them."

The game was tied at 74 with 4:15 remaining, but Lopez and Johnson keyed an exciting 12 point run - including a Johnson dagger three from the right corner - to put the Clippers away.

Final - 11.23.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Los Angeles Clippers 25 22 16 13 76
Brooklyn Nets 25 15 23 23 86

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Quick Notes:

- Blake Griffin had a HUGE block on Deron Williams at the end of the 1st quarter. Brook Lopez reciprocated with a 3rd quarter swat of a Griffin attempt that traveled 20 feet. (Both highlights are linked below.)

- The teams combined for 36 turnovers, with LA collecting 20.

- Neither MarShon Brooks nor Josh Childress played in the game, Avery Johnson choosing instead to rely on the defensive-minded Keith Bogans at back-up small forward.

- The Clippers outscored the Nets 17-0 in fast break points. The last time the Nets had no fast break points was February 8, 2009 in a 101-84 loss to the Orlando Magic.

- The Clippers had a 10 rebound advantage, but they shot only 40% to the Nets' 46%. The Clips were 4-for-17 from three.

- The win took Deron Williams' record against Chris Paul to 14-4.

- Oh yeah, this, too.