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Clippers beat Nets 110-103 to go 5-0 at home

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 17, 2013 at 1:31 am •  Published: November 17, 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Nets were without four starters, and the Clippers got a scare from one of theirs.

Blake Griffin finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds after rolling his left foot in the third quarter, and the Clippers pulled out a 110-103 victory over the short-handed Nets on Saturday night to go 5-0 at home.

Griffin went down by himself with 7:30 to go in the third and got up hobbling. He left the court to be examined by the training staff before returning 2½ minutes later.

"I just came down normal and felt something in the back of my ankle," he said. "It scared me not knowing exactly what it was. It's better than it was but not normal. I can put full weight on it without unbearable pain."

J.J. Redick added 26 points, DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds, Chris Paul added 12 points and 13 assists, and Jamal Crawford had seven of his 13 points in the fourth for the Clippers, who kept the Nets winless against them in Los Angeles since Nov. 15, 2010.

Paul said he got nervous knowing Griffin had gone down.

"I need him like none other," he said.

The Nets played without injured starters Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, Paul Pierce and Deron Williams, leaving Joe Johnson as the only regular in the lineup.

"It was definitely a winnable game," said Johnson, who had 13 points. "We had the game right where we wanted to with about 2½ minutes left. We just didn't get those key stops and their guys made free throws down the stretch."

The Clippers had to hold off an inspired bunch of subs coming off an overtime win at Phoenix a night earlier.

Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee scored 19 points each, and Alan Anderson had 15 for the Nets, who fell to 1-5 on the road under rookie coach Jason Kidd.

"I was well aware and everybody else was aware it was kind of a trap," Griffin said. "We had all of our starters and they didn't. They played hard, they made it tough."

The anticipated reunion of new Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers and his former Boston stars Garnett and Pierce was scuttled. Neither of the Nets' players was at the game. The trio teamed to lead the Celtics to the 2008 NBA championship.

Rivers said when he was in Boston that Garnett and Pierce wouldn't come to games they weren't playing in, and now they follow the same habit with the Nets.

"I thought that was actually funny," said Rivers, who still texts frequently with the two players.

Byron Mullens and Crawford hit 3-pointers early in the fourth, when the Clippers led by six. The Nets got within three points three times before Johnson's jump hook cut their deficit to 93-92 with 4:12 left.

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