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Clippers rally to hand Nets 9th straight road loss, 123-120

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Clippers were reeling, on the verge of losing to a Brooklyn team that hadn't won a road game since Jan. 21. The Nets dropped 3-pointers from all over the floor, and after leading by as many as 15, Los Angeles found itself down by eight with just over three minutes left.

''It just seemed like we had a lot of moments where we could have just given up in that game,'' Clippers guard Austin Rivers said.

Instead, Rivers helped bring it home. He scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter - including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 33.5 seconds remaining - to lead the Clippers to a 123-120 victory Sunday night.

''The Nets made shot after shot and they played extremely hard,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ''But it felt like at the end of the game our guys said, `We need this game.'''

Lou Williams got the last of his 21 points with a 15-foot jumper with 8.9 seconds left, and rookie Sindarius Thornwell blocked Joe Harris' 3-point attempt before the buzzer to seal the victory.

It was the ninth consecutive road loss for the Nets, and 11th in their last 12 overall. Brooklyn got 27 points from reserve Caris LeVert, who hit 5 of 7 3-pointers, and DeMarre Carroll had 20 points.

The Nets connected on 8 of 15 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, 19 of 45 3-pointers on the night and rallied to lead 118-110 with 3:11 to play on LeVert's 3-pointer.

''Tough loss,'' Nets coach Kerry Atkinson said. ''We climbed back, showed a lot of grit, had an opportunity. But credit to the Clippers. (Austin) Rivers makes an unbelievable shot. We had some opportunities and they didn't go down.

''The shot selection and the inability to get key stops. That's why you lose an eight-point lead. It's not just one or the other.''

TIP-INS

Nets: C Jahlil Okafor was cleared to play after missing five games with the flu, but did not enter the game. ... G D'Angelo Russell made his second trip back to Staples Center this season since his trade from the Lakers. ''I've been impressed with how he's bought into what we're trying to do from a basketball standpoint, from a performance standpoint,'' Atkinson said. ''He's gotten stronger. He has to cut down on his turnovers. His shot selection has to be cleaned up. We're thrilled with how he's played for us.''

Clippers: In his 13th season, Williams is averaging career highs in points (23.2), assists (5.4), 3-point percentage (.369) and free-throw percentage. Said Doc Rivers: ''He was probably underrated by all of us. Lou's a better player than I thought. I have always liked Lou as a scorer, but I didn't know he was lethal. He's as good of a scorer as maybe I've coached.'' ... Los Angeles signed G Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract.

WHERE'S THE FOUL

Down by three with 8.9 seconds to play, the Nets inbounded after a timeout and the Clippers had explicit instructions - foul whoever gets the ball.

Only it never happened.

''I almost died when we didn't foul,'' Doc Rivers said.

The ball ultimately ended up with Harris, but his tying 3-pointer was cleanly blocked by Thornwell.

''You just have to be prepared for the moment,'' Thornwell said. ''I guess it was just defensive instinct.''

Harris got the ball back but was short on a desperation 3 at the buzzer.

UP NEXT

Nets: Play the fourth of five consecutive road games Tuesday at Golden State.

Clippers: Remain at home Tuesday to play New Orleans.

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Key Players
D. Russell
1 PG
L. Williams
23 SG
32.5 Min. Per Game 32.5
23.2 Pts. Per Game 23.2
5.4 Ast. Per Game 5.4
2.6 Reb. Per Game 2.6
41.5 Field Goal % 44.1
41.8 Three Point % 44.1
73.7 Free Throw % 89.0
  Team rebound 0:00
  Joe Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Joe Harris 0:00
  Joe Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Sindarius Thornwell 0:02
+ 2 Lou Williams made fade-away jump shot 0:08
  Bad pass turnover on Caris LeVert, stolen by Tobias Harris 0:28
+ 3 Austin Rivers made 3-pt. jump shot 0:33
  Defensive rebound by Milos Teodosic 0:39
  Spencer Dinwiddie missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:43
  Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll 0:59
  Lou Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:03
Team Stats
Points 120 123
Field Goals 40-92 (43.5%) 44-84 (52.4%)
3-Pointers 19-45 (42.2%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 21-23 (91.3%) 25-30 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 50 49
Offensive 13 7
Defensive 31 33
Team 6 9
Assists 30 18
Steals 8 12
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 14 10
Fouls 21 20
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
26 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Nets 20-44 27263334120
home team logo Clippers 34-28 32332632123
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 20-44 111.0 PPG 45 RPG 23.1 APG
home team logo Clippers 34-28 113.9 PPG 46 RPG 22.2 APG
Key Players
C. LeVert SG 18.4 PPG 4.3 RPG 3.7 APG 47.5 FG%
A. Rivers PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
C. LeVert SG 27 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
A. Rivers PG 27 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
43.5 FG% 52.4
42.2 3PT FG% 37.0
91.3 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Carroll 28 20 7 1 1 0 2 4 6/12 6/11 2/2 1 6 28 -15
J. Allen 17 7 3 2 0 1 5 2 3/5 0/1 1/1 2 1 10 -13
A. Crabbe 29 6 3 2 0 0 0 3 2/11 2/8 0/0 0 3 13 -13
S. Dinwiddie 35 6 5 10 3 0 2 1 0/6 0/3 6/6 1 4 32 -1
D. Russell 20 6 5 3 0 0 2 1 1/6 1/3 3/4 1 4 15 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Carroll 28 20 7 1 1 0 2 4 6/12 6/11 2/2 1 6 28 -15
J. Allen 17 7 3 2 0 1 5 2 3/5 0/1 1/1 2 1 10 -13
A. Crabbe 29 6 3 2 0 0 0 3 2/11 2/8 0/0 0 3 13 -13
S. Dinwiddie 35 6 5 10 3 0 2 1 0/6 0/3 6/6 1 4 32 -1
D. Russell 20 6 5 3 0 0 2 1 1/6 1/3 3/4 1 4 15 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. LeVert 29 27 5 5 2 1 2 2 11/19 5/7 0/0 2 3 43 +7
J. Harris 25 19 5 1 0 0 1 3 6/11 3/7 4/4 2 3 25 +13
R. Hollis-Jefferson 31 15 8 5 1 2 0 4 6/14 0/1 3/4 4 4 36 -2
D. Cunningham 22 14 3 1 1 0 0 1 5/8 2/4 2/2 0 3 20 +18
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Acy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Doyle - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Webb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 120 44 30 8 4 14 21 40/92 19/45 21/23 13 31 222 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Rivers 36 27 5 3 0 0 3 1 10/15 4/8 3/4 0 5 35 +9
T. Harris 38 26 8 2 3 3 2 3 11/19 2/6 2/2 1 7 42 +8
D. Jordan 35 17 15 2 1 1 0 3 4/8 0/0 9/10 3 12 38 +13
M. Teodosic 28 14 2 4 0 0 0 4 5/8 2/5 2/3 0 2 24 +18
W. Johnson 11 0 2 0 3 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 5 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Rivers 36 27 5 3 0 0 3 1 10/15 4/8 3/4 0 5 35 +9
T. Harris 38 26 8 2 3 3 2 3 11/19 2/6 2/2 1 7 42 +8
D. Jordan 35 17 15 2 1 1 0 3 4/8 0/0 9/10 3 12 38 +13
M. Teodosic 28 14 2 4 0 0 0 4 5/8 2/5 2/3 0 2 24 +18
W. Johnson 11 0 2 0 3 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 5 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 33 21 2 4 3 1 3 0 8/22 1/6 4/5 0 2 32 -10
M. Harrell 14 11 3 0 1 0 1 1 3/3 0/0 5/6 1 2 14 -10
S. Thornwell 23 5 1 1 1 1 1 2 2/3 1/1 0/0 1 0 9 -7
S. Kilpatrick 11 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 0 4 -6
S. Dekker 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 4 -5
D. Gallinari - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Beverley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 123 40 18 12 6 10 20 44/84 10/27 25/30 7 33 207 +15