NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored a season-high 27 factors and the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers, enjoying on the second evening of a back-to-back, rallied to beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-116 on Saturday evening.
Terance Mann and Reggie Jackson added 19 factors apiece for the Clippers, who had been coached for the second straight evening by assistant Brian Shaw with coach Tyronn Lue in well being and security protocols.
They had been lacking rather more than their coach. With Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Nicolas Batum injured and Ivica Zubac and Luke Kennard in COVID-19 protocols, the Clippers had been with out a lot of what could be their regular beginning lineup. They did not even play Marcus Morris Sr., who obtained the evening off after scoring 20 factors Friday in a loss at Toronto.
But they had been adequate to beat the Nets, who wasted James Harden’s seventh triple-double.
Harden completed with 34 factors, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. Kevin Durant added 28 factors and 9 rebounds, however the Nets fell to 0-2 since he returned from a three-game absence in well being and security protocols.
The Nets routed the Clippers 124-108 with out Durant in Los Angeles on Monday behind 39 factors and 15 assists from Harden. But they could not shake free after opening a sequence of double-digit leads within the second half.
The Clippers hung round and used a 15-3 run to flip a 12-point deficit right into a 110-all tie on Amir Coffey’s 3-pointer with 2:35 to play.
Harden’s free throw gave the Nets their final lead at 113-112 however Justise Winslow scored within the paint earlier than Mann obtained huge open within the nook in entrance of his bench for a 3-pointer that made it 117-113 with 23 seconds to play.
Clippers: The Clippers had been so short-handed that James Ennis III and Wenyen Gabriel each performed in opposition to the Nets after lately being Nets. Both signed 10-day hardship contracts this week after doing the identical in Brooklyn when the Nets wanted our bodies. … Coffey scored 14 factors.
Nets: Harden has two straight 30-point triple-doubles. … The Nets fell to 3-5 on New Year’s Day.
Nets coach Steve Nash stated Kyrie Irving, who lately rejoined the crew and is working towards his season debut, appears nice in follow. Irving is predicted to start enjoying highway video games this month, however nonetheless is not eligible to play at house as a result of he’s not vaccinated as required in New York.
“I think he’s on his way. It’s getting close,” Nash stated. “We’ve just got to make sure that we don’t make a hasty decision, but it’s coming.”
This was the third time within the Nets’ final 4 video games that their opponent was with out its coach. The Lakers’ Frank Vogel was in well being and security protocols on Christmas, as was Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers on Thursday.
“Coaching is very overrated, so it’s not the biggest deal,” Nash joked. “I think in this league, you play so many games and the regular season is so different from the playoffs that sometimes it can give a team a bump. You know, they hear a new voice for a night or two, whatever it is, and it’s a little bit of break or change and then you get back to normalcy.”
Clippers: Host Minnesota on Monday.
Nets: Host Memphis on Monday.
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