NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at LA Clippers
(Saturday, January 19th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 120, New Jersey 107 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Maggette scored 31 points, including two free throws late in overtime, and had seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Clippers past the Nets, 120-107, at the Staples Center.
Al Thornton and Sam Cassell dropped 22 points apiece for the Clippers, who have won two of three after dropping four in a row.
Cuttino Mobley had 19 points in the victory and Los Angeles' Chris Kaman flirted with a triple-double as he had 10 points, 12 rebounds and a career- high nine blocked shots.
Richard Jefferson had a team-high 21 points for the Nets, who have lost four in a row and five of six. Vince Carter chipped in with 20 points and seven boards, while Josh Boone tallied 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Sean Williams had 11 points to match his rebounds and Marcus Williams ended with a season-high 17 points for New Jersey. Jason Kidd ended with 10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
Mobley drained a layup just over 30 seconds into overtime, and the Clippers surged to an 8-0 run. Thornton capped the burst with a running jumper that made it 109-101 with 2 1/2 minutes left.
The Nets wouldn't pull within six points of the Clippers, as Los Angeles cruised in overtime.
Tim Thomas had 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the win.
After Maggette cut the Clippers' deficit back down to four points with a layup, a three-point Carter play gave the Nets their biggest lead of the game, 94-87, with just under four minutes to play in regulation.
Thornton then sparked a 14-2 Los Angeles run with a layup. The surge gave the Clippers the lead, 101-96, when Maggette capped the run with a trey and 45.1 ticks left.
"It felt good," Thornton said. "I was able to get into a rhythm. They're giving me a chance to play more and it felt good to help the team."
On the next New Jersey possession, Kidd inbounded to Carter, who found Jefferson down low for the dunk with 41.1 left. The slam made it a one- possession game, 101-98.
After stopping Los Angeles on its ensuing possession, Kidd brought the ball down and drained a three-ball from the left wing to tie it up at 101 with 6.5 left in play.
The Clippers couldn't score on their next possession as Williams blocked Thomas' layup bid, the Nets rebounded the ball and called a timeout with 1.1 on the clock. They were unable to convert off the inbound and the game went to overtime.
The Clippers would go ahead 21-19 after the first 12 minutes of play. However. the Nets would eventually take a 45-42 lead into the locker room.
The lead see-sawed for the majority of the third quarter. The biggest lead either team could muster was five points. Eventually, Thornton would drain a three-pointer as time expired in the third, which cut New Jersey's lead to one-point, 72-71, heading into the final quarter.
The teams exchanged buckets for the better part of the fourth quarter, until a Carter reverse layup made it 86-85 in favor of the Nets. Marcus Williams followed with a three-pointer that increased New Jersey's lead to four points with just over five minutes left.
Moments later, Jefferson was fouled and drained both shots to give the Nets a 91-85 advantage.
"We had the lead late in the game, but couldn't make stops," Nets head coach Lawrence Frank said. "Thornton changed the game and Maggette was huge. We couldn't get stops when we needed to."
The Clippers are 1-0 in overtime games this season, while the Nets are 3-1 in overtime games...The Clippers beat the Nets at home for a fourth straight time.
01/20 02:03:25 ET