Nets rally to de­feat Clip­pers in dou­ble OT

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Brian Ma­honey

CP3 mim­icked giv­ing CPR on a night that looked like lots of laughs for Los An­ge­les. Funny turned to fiery by the end, as an en­raged Doc Rivers was thrown out as his team blew one in Brooklyn.

CP3 mim­icked giv­ing CPR on a night that looked like lots of laughs for Los An­ge­les.

Funny turned to fiery by the end, as an en­raged Doc Rivers was thrown out as his team blew one in Brooklyn.

Sean Kilpatrick scored 31 of his ca­reer-high 38 points af­ter the third quar­ter and the Nets stopped a se­v­engame los­ing streak with a 127-122 dou­ble-over­time vic­tory over the Clip­pers on Tues­day night.

The Clip­pers started the game with­out Blake Griffin, ended it with­out Rivers and dropped their third straight game by cough­ing up an 18-point lead while not show­ing enough re­spect for the game in their coach’s mind.

“We were walk­ing around like we done some­thing and that both­ers me be­cause we’ve done (noth­ing). We haven’t done (any­thing),” Rivers said. “For us to walk around against a team, that to me is play­ing their hearts out every night just to win one game, us to walk around like we done some­thing, it both­ers me on a basketball level.”

Chris Paul had 26 points, 13 as­sists and 10 rebounds for the Clip­pers, but the best guard on the floor in crunch time was Kilpatrick, who also had a ca­reer-best 14 rebounds.

Brook Lopez added 27 points for the Nets, who trailed 86-68 with 2 min­utes left in the third quar­ter.

“We were down 20, then next minute you know we just kept chip­ping it down,” Kilpatrick said. “Then next minute I knew we were down four, and I was like yo, it’s on now. It’s game time.”

DeAn­dre Jor­dan had 21 points and 23 rebounds for the Clip­pers, who rested Griffin, their lead­ing scorer, ahead of a game in Cleve­land on Thurs­day.

“Any­body in the league knows, they say, you mess with the game and like you said, the basketball gods got us,” Paul said.

The Clip­pers started 39-year-old Paul Pierce, who had played in just two games, in place of Griffin. Pierce had played just 17 min­utes all sea­son but logged 29 min­utes in this one, such an in­crease in work­load that Paul pushed down on his chest a few times on the court at one point, pre­tend­ing to give CPR af­ter Pierce fell on his back while be­ing fouled on a dunk at­tempt.

The Clip­pers were se­ri­ous by the end.

Rivers was tossed late in the first OT, be­com­ing en­raged and hav­ing to be held back by Clip­pers play­ers and as­sis­tants as he tried to get at ref­eree Ken Mauer. Rivers ap­peared up­set about a call on the other end of the floor, walk­ing out of the coach­ing box and al­most all the way to the Nets bench.

Mauer said cross­ing over mid­court was an au­to­matic tech­ni­cal and the sec­ond was for lan­guage and be­hav­ior.

Rivers missed Kilpatrick’s mas­ter­ful finish, which he capped with a three-point play with 13.5 sec­onds left.

The Nets, still play­ing with­out point guard Jeremy Lin, ended a skid that started with a 127-95 loss at the Clip­pers on Nov. 14.

Los An­ge­les had lost in Detroit and In­di­ana in its last two games, man­ag­ing just 70 points Sunday against the Pac­ers in its low­est-scor­ing game in 13 years. Rivers pointed to some de­fen­sive lapses as the big­ger con­cern, and they cer­tainly strug­gled to stay in front of Kilpatrick, who was just 3 for 14 af­ter three quar­ters.

TIP-INS

Clip­pers: J.J. Redick made a 3-poiner in his 75th straight game, ty­ing one of Stephen Curry’s streaks for sixth-long­est in NBA his­tory. Curry’s NBA-record 157-game streak was snapped ear­lier this sea­son.

Nets: Coach Kenny Atkin­son still couldn’t give a timetable on Lin, say­ing the point guard who missed his 12th straight game with a strained left ham­string was work­ing hard and “pro­gress­ing as planned.”

DOC IS JUST A NICK­NAME

The Clip­pers have in­creased their spend­ing on bio­met­rics this sea­son, and Rivers — first name Glenn — was asked if he re­lied on that to de­ter­mine Griffin would sit.

“I clearly didn’t, I’m not smart enough to use bio­met­rics,” Rivers said. “But the peo­ple we hired did, and they told me bio­met­ri­cally that this would be a good day for him to rest.”

UP NEXT

Clip­pers: Visit Cleve­land tonight. The Clip­pers have

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