NEW YORK (AP) — Paul George scored 29 factors, Kawhi Leonard added 24 and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a career-high 47 factors from Cam Thomas in his first begin to beat the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 124-116 on Monday evening.
Ivica Zubac added 19 factors and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who received for the eighth time in 10 video games and completed 4-2 on their six-game Japanese Convention highway journey.
Thomas, who scored 44 to rally the Nets previous Washington on Saturday, was even higher on the day the Nets accomplished the commerce that despatched Kyrie Irving to Dallas. However Los Angeles outscored Brooklyn 25-9 over the ultimate 6:20.
Nic Claxton had 15 factors and 15 rebounds for the Nets, whereas Edmund Sumner chipped in 23 factors for Brooklyn. Earlier than the sport, the deal that despatched Irving and ahead Markieff Morris to Dallas for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and a number of draft picks was introduced.
Neither Dinwiddie nor Finney-Smith had been obtainable, nor had been stars Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons and guard Seth Curry as a consequence of damage. Nets coach Jacque Vaughn rotated 11 of his 12 dressed gamers, however Los Angeles’ bench nonetheless outscored Brooklyn’s 38-10.
However Thomas nearly single-handedly saved Brooklyn inside placing distance. Thomas had 22 within the first half, then electrified the group with a mixture of 3-pointers and mid-range jumpers, serving to Brooklyn lead by 107-99 halfway by means of the fourth.
Los Angeles rallied with a 9-0 run and outscored Brooklyn 33-28 within the fourth, keyed by Leonard’s 9 factors within the body
The Nets made 8 of 12 first-quarter 3-pointers and constructed an eight-point benefit. However the Clippers closed the primary with a 10-0 run then George then scored 9 within the second, serving to the Clippers construct an 11-point benefit.
However the Nets closed the half with a 13-4 run, chopping Los Angeles’ result in 55-53 at halftime.
Clippers: Ahead Marcus Morris Sr. was ejected with 1:57 left within the second quarter. … The Clippers improved to 14-11 in opposition to the Japanese Convention and 8-7 on the highway.
Nets: Durant (sprained proper MCL) missed his thirteenth straight sport. The Nets are anticipated to provide an replace on his progress Tuesday. … Simmons (left knee soreness) was unavailable for the fifth straight sport however may play Tuesday in opposition to Phoenix on the second evening of a back-to-back.
Clippers: Host Dallas on Wednesday.
Nets: Host Phoenix on Tuesday.