Nets hold on to edge Clippers, win season-best 6th in a row

James Harden scored 37 issues and the Brooklyn Nets held off a livid fourth-quarter rally to edge the Los Angeles Clippers 112-108 for his or her season-best 6th win in a row

LOS ANGELES — James Harden scored 37 issues and the Brooklyn Nets held off a livid fourth-quarter rally to edge the Los Angeles Clippers 112-108 on Sunday night time for his or her season-best 6th victory in a row.

The Nets wrapped up a Five-Zero go back and forth, beating Golden State, Sacramento, Phoenix, and each Los Angeles groups to finish their longest undefeated unmarried go back and forth in franchise historical past. All however two of the wins have been through double digits. They have got now defeated West groups 8 instantly instances.

“Successful six in a row, all it does is stay the sector silent for slightly,” Kyrie Irving mentioned. “After we hit a bump within the street, then it’s, ‘What’s occurring with the Nets?’ The vacation spot is making it to that primary level and incomes our means there.”

Harden simply neglected a triple double, completing with 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Irving added 28 issues and 8 assists.

Paul George led the Clippers with 34 issues. Kawhi Leonard had 29 issues on Nine-of-19 taking pictures. Ivica Zubac completed with 13 issues, however no different Clippers reached double figures. Lou Williams was once 2 of 11, and Marcus Morris 2 of seven.

The Nets ruled within the paint, outscoring the Clippers, 60-38.

Leonard hit a couple of loose throws to it it 108-all with 28 seconds last.

Irving neglected a Three-pointer and previous Clipper DeAndre Jordan grabbed the offensive rebound and scored. Leonard were given referred to as for an offensive foul that put Harden on the line, and he made each loose throws to complete off the victory.

“We’re nonetheless rising, however this can be a in reality just right street go back and forth for us,” Harden mentioned. “From once I first were given right here, we’re taking part in arduous and we’re taking part in good. We’ve had time to head over issues on each side of the ball and that’s why we’re taking part in higher.”

Brooklyn were given off to a handy guide a rough get started within the fourth. Harden breezed previous Zubac to attain, Joe Harris hit a Three-pointer and Harden made a couple of loose throws for a 15-point lead — its biggest of the sport.

Zubac and George mixed to attain 20 instantly issues, drawing the Clippers to 103-99. Zubac dunked two times and George made two Three-pointers and 6 loose throws within the spurt. Leonard ran off 4 in a row that drew the Clippers to 107-103.

Patrick Beverley fouled Jeff Inexperienced from at the back of with 2:50 last. Inexperienced crumpled to the ground and the Clippers challenged the decision, however misplaced. Inexperienced kicked over a drink cooler on his means off the courtroom.

“We confirmed psychological toughness and trust through proceeding in this go back and forth regardless of who’s to be had,” Nets trainer Steve Nash mentioned, mentioning the staff’s 24-point comeback at Phoenix and its restoration from blowing the double-digit result in the Clippers. “A few of that toughness must be constructed, it’s no longer simply grew to become on.”

Brooklyn stretched a seven-point halftime result in 11 issues within the 3rd. The Clippers closed inside of 4 issues on a basket through George, however the Nets briefly were given again to double digits on a Three-pointer through Harris.

Irving scored 12 issues — matching his overall from the primary part — to ship the Nets into the fourth main 89-79.

TIP-INS

Nets: Kevin Durant neglected his fourth instantly recreation with a left hamstring pressure. He is averaging 29 issues, 7.Three rebounds and Five.Three assists. “Even if Kevin will get again, it isn’t going to be simple,” Harden mentioned.

Clippers: Fell to 11-6 at house. … Prior to now misplaced to the Nets through 4 issues Feb. 2.

HELPING HAND

Harden is operating to lend a hand out other people in his former town of Houston suffering from the wintry weather storms that knocked out electrical energy and brought about pipes to burst within the ordinary chilly that battered the area. But even so meals, he says water might be shipped on this week and he is speaking to plumbing firms about upkeep. “It gained’t prevent as a result of there’s such a lot of folks that’s been affected that I will’t prevent,” he mentioned. “Telephone calls each day looking to affect town as a result of they’re proven me such a lot love and recognize.”

UP NEXT

Nets: Host Sacramento on Tuesday night time.

Clippers: Host Washington on Tuesday night time.

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