Los Angeles, CA.—The Los Angeles Clippers (10-5) flew from coast to coast to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 127-119 on Saturday afternoon. They had a long flight from Los Angeles to Brooklyn on Friday that may have led to the teams slow start.
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It took the Clippers until the second half to wake up and realize they were in a fight with a 7-9 team. The Clippers started out poorly and trailed by as many as 15 points midway through the first half.
They didn't take their first lead of the game with 8:21 remaining. They used a 37-22 fourth quarter to take control of the game and walk away victorious.
Danilo Gallinari scored 28 points and Tobias Harris had 27 as Los Angeles opened a three-game trip with its sixth win in seven games overall. Lou Williams finished with 16 points and five assists.
Montrezl Harrell who played in his first pro game in front of his mother scored 16 points (10 in the 4th) and had a team-high 10 rebounds.
Coach Rivers said after the game: "Nothing made sense, honestly, This was a game for us tonight that we had to throw every logical thing out and just try to find five guys that can make a run."
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The Brooklyn Nets (7-10) lost for the fourth time in five games. Jarrett Allen had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and D' Angelo Russell added 23 points and 10 assists.
I thought their bench did a phenomenal job," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.
"I thought they brought the energy. We obviously missed some shots, but I thought Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams, obviously those guys came in and changed the game."
The Nets travel to Miami for a Tuesday night game against the Heat.
The Clippers travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Monday night 11/19.