NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at LA Clippers
(Thursday, November 25th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 101, New Jersey 88
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Marko Jaric shot 4-of-5 from three-point range and finished with 21 points and six assists as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated slumping New Jersey, 101-88, at the Staples Center.
Elton Brand added 17 points and seven rebounds, while Corey Maggette chipped in 16 points, as the Clippers put an end to a three-game losing streak by shooting 53 percent from the floor.
"We played a pretty solid game all around," said Los Angeles head coach Mike Dunleavy. "Marco was great. I was pleased with the way we played."
Richard Jefferson had 24 points and six rebounds for the Nets, who have now lost seven straight. Travis Best poured in 16 points off the bench in the loss.
New Jersey's seven-game slide is the club's longest since they dropped seven in a row from January 23-February 2, 2001.
Maggette netted 14 points before intermission, including the final six of the first half, as Los Angeles took a 48-39 advantage into the locker room.
New Jersey cut its deficit to seven at 57-50 when Eric Williams made one of two foul shots with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Jaric drilled a three-pointer and Maggette hit a pair of shot from the charity stripe to push the lead to double-digits.
Jefferson, who delivered 15 points in the third, brought the Nets to within 66-60 with a three-point play at the 2:49 mark. Jaric would answer with another trey and the Clippers would extend the cushion to 10 points, 76-66, at the end of the quarter.
After New Jersey trimmed the margin to 78-72 on Aaron Willams' basket with 9:26 to go, Los Angeles outscored the Nets 9-2 over the next 2 1/2 minutes to put the game away. Chris Kaman started the spurt when he was fouled after making a short hook shot and hit the subsequent free throw.
New Jersey never got back to within single digits the rest of the way.
"Every time we have the ball, we run," said Jaric. "We're playing our game and we get better percentage shots."
The Clippers scored seven unanswered points to go up 15-8 midway through the first quarter, with Jaric's three-pointer sandwiching buckets by Maggette and Brand. Los Angeles led 19-14 with three minutes to go in the period before New Jersey's Brian Scalabrine drained a trey and Eric Williams scored on a tip-in to tie the score. Jaric then sank another shot from beyond the arc on the ensuing possession and the Clippers ended the quarter with a 24-23 edge.
Neither team was ahead by more than three points in the second stanza until Los Angeles closed out the half with a 10-1 run. The Nets shot just 23.8 percent (5-for-21) for the quarter and missed their last seven attempts after Zoran Planinic's jumper with 4:11 left.
Clippers guard Kerry Kittles, who missed the team's first 10 contests due to a right knee injury, sat out the game after bruising the knee in practice. Kittles spent the first seven years of his career in New Jersey before being dealt to Los Angeles in the offseason...The Nets swept the Clippers in two meetings last season and had won seven of the last eight games played between the clubs.
11/26 01:51:48 ET