NEW YORK (AP) — Jarrett Jack made a tiebreaking jumper with 1.3 seconds left, and the Brooklyn Nets used a late rally to beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 102-100, on Monday night.
The Nets ended a seven-game home losing streak by erasing a nine-point deficit in the final 1:35, getting two 3-pointers from Alan Anderson — one a four-point play — one from Joe Johnson and another from Deron Williams in his return from an 11-game absence.
But they went to Jack for their final possession after Chris Paul's layup tied it at 100 with 8.6 seconds to go. Jack dribbled right and lofted a jumper over 6-foot-11 center DeAndre Jordan, who had switched onto him.
Brook Lopez scored 24 points and Johnson had 22 for the Nets, who snapped an overall four-game skid and won at home for the first time since beating Sacramento on Dec. 29.
Jordan finished with 22 points, 20 rebounds and two made free throws in 12 attempts for the Clippers. Paul had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
The Clippers finished 8 of 25 (32 percent) from the free throw line and dropped their seventh straight road game against the Nets, a losing streak covering seven-plus years and two states. Jamal Crawford scored 18 points but was 7 for 22 from the field
The Clippers beat Brooklyn by 39 in Los Angeles last month, and it appeared they had finally done enough to win this one when a basket by Matt Barnes made it 96-87 with 1:46 remaining. But they failed to grab the rebound when Johnson missed two free throws, and when the ball was tapped back out to him, he nailed a 3 that cut it to 98-96 before Anderson made a 3 from the corner while being fouled, putting the Nets in front 100-98.
Two nights after an impressive victory in San Antonio, the Clippers fell to 2-2 on their eight-game trip. They have dropped seven visits in a row to the Nets since a Dec. 11, 2007, victory in East Rutherford, N.J.
Williams got a nice hand when he checked in during the first quarter, his first action since fracturing cartilage in his rib Jan. 7. He scored 15 points.
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