Nets pull away late, take down Clippers 110-95

Nov 12, 2022, 1:46 AM | Updated: 5:54 pm
Brooklyn Nets guard Seth Curry (30) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half ...

Brooklyn Nets guard Seth Curry (30) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

              Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn yells instructions during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Royce O'Neale (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Brooklyn Nets forward Nic Claxton (33) scores past Los Angeles Clippers guard John Wall during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Brooklyn Nets guard Seth Curry (30) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Seth Curry added 22 and the Brooklyn Nets broke free midway through the fourth quarter Saturday for a 110-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Nic Claxton had 13 points and 14 rebounds as the Nets improved to 4-1 since Kyrie Irving was given a team-imposed suspension that will last at least one more game. Three of the four victories have come on the road.

The Nets have held five straight opponents below 100 points.

“We’re going to have to be one of those teams that any given night, somebody will have to step up and make huge plays for us,” Durant said. “Obviously we’re missing (Irving), so we’re going to have to look for where those points are going to come from. I think the guys are doing it as a group.”

Paul George scored 17 points for the Clippers but endured a rough shooting game, going 5 of 21 from the field (23.8%). Ivica Zubac added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who lost for just the second time since Oct. 31.

The Clippers led 86-84 with 7:42 remaining before the Nets took charge. Consecutive 3-pointers by Curry, a layup by Claxton and a 3-pointer from Royce O’Neale capped a 20-2 run that gave the Nets a 104-88 lead with 2:22 remaining.

“We kept bodies in front of (George); making him make tough shots,” Curry said. “We were switching a lot of stuff and helping each other. Keep bodies in front of them, make guys make tough shots over us and just trust our defense that they’re not going to do that for 48 minutes.”

O’Neale finished with 12 points while Edmond Sumner had 11 as the Nets shot 48% from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range. Durant and Curry combined to go 7 of 13 from 3-point range. Curry made all four of his 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter, when he scored 14 points.

Norman Powell scored 16 points for the Clippers, while John Wall had 14 and Marcus Morris Sr. added 13. Los Angeles finished with a 46-41 rebounding advantage.

“We didn’t play the right way offensively tonight,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We talked about them really protecting the paint and we get into the paint, making the right play and kicking it out for 3s. Defensively, we double-teamed Durant and he made the right play. Their guys made shots.”

The Clippers fell to 5-5 without star Kawhi Leonard, who has not played since the third game of the season with what is being labeled right knee injury management.

SUSPENSION CONTINUES

Irving served the fifth game of a team-imposed minimum five-game suspension Saturday, with coach Jacque Vaughn saying the team’s embattled guard will be out at least another game Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers. No other details were given, with Vaughn saying, “I can give you that,” when confirming Irving’s absence for Sunday.

“His spirit is high,” Durant said after the game. “(He’s) looking forward to playing again. You know (Irving), he’s a gamer. He loves to play. Hopefully all this stuff is over with, we can move past it and get him back on the floor soon.”

TIP-INS

Nets: Sumner scored in double figures for the third time in five games since moving into the starting lineup in place of Irving. … Ben Simmons scored two points with three assists in 14 minutes and has not been above six points and four assists since missing four games with knee soreness.

Clippers: George was just 2 of 10 from the field in the first half before his running dunk with a minute to go before the break. … The Clippers gave up 18 points off 18 turnovers.

UP NEXT

Nets: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Clippers: At the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

German players gather during a training session at the Al-Shamal stadium on the eve of the group E ...
Associated Press

Germany’s World Cup survival on the line against Spain

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — When the World Cup draw came out in April, one of the highlights of the group stage was Sunday’s Spain vs. Germany at Al Bayt Stadium. Eight months later, the game between the two former world champions and pre-tournament favorites gained even more prominence thanks to Germany’s surprising loss to Japan […]
1 day ago
Canada's head coach John Herdman talks with his team after their loss in the World Cup group F socc...
Associated Press

Herdman’s inspiration try at World Cup, provokes Croatia

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Canada had just lost its first World Cup match in 36 years, outplaying Belgium for much of a 1-0 defeat, and an emotional John Herdman revealed in the on-field interview what he had just told his players during a postgame huddle. “I told them they belong here. And we’re going to […]
1 day ago
FILE - Palestinian soccer fans wave Qatari and Palestinian flags as they watch a live broadcast of ...
Associated Press

Flashes of Arab unity at World Cup after years of discontent

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — For a brief moment after Saudi Arabia’s Salem Aldawsari fired a ball from just inside the penalty box into the back of the net to seal a World Cup win against Argentina, Arabs across the divided Middle East found something to celebrate. Such Arab unity is hard to come by and […]
1 day ago
Oregon center N'Faly Dante, right, shoots over Michigan State guard Pierre Brooks (1) and center Ma...
Associated Press

Hauser helps No. 12 Michigan State hold off Oregon 74-70

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Joey Hauser had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 12 Michigan State hold off a strong challenge from Oregon to win 74-70 in the consolation round of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament Friday night. Tyson Walker added 18 points and eight assists for the Spartans (4-2), while Pierre Brooks […]
1 day ago
Gonzaga Purdue...
Associated Press

Zach Edey scores 23, No. 24 Purdue tops No. 6 Gonzaga 84-66

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Zach Edey and his Purdue teammates were admittedly too excited early on for the chance to compared themselves to one of the top teams in the country. Once the 24th-ranked Boilermakers calmed down, they showed they are worthy of their own consideration as a top team after a thorough 84-66 thumping […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Harrell’s 18 lead Texas State over Southern Utah 78-65

LAIE, Hawaii (AP) — Mason Harrell scored 18 points as Texas State beat Southern Utah 78-65 on Friday night at the North Shore Classic. Harrell shot 6 of 10 from the field and 6 for 6 from the line for the Bobcats (4-2). Brandon Davis scored 12 points while shooting 4 for 6, including 3 […]
1 day ago
Nets pull away late, take down Clippers 110-95