Jack's jumper completes rally, Nets beat Clippers 102-100
NEW YORK (AP) Between a seven-game losing streak at home and a 39-point humiliation in Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Nets had their choice of lows in a lousy January.
They've come to fight in February.
Jarrett Jack made a tiebreaking jumper with 1.3 seconds left, and the Nets used a late rally to beat the Clippers 102-100 on Monday night.
''It's gratifying, I think, to go through the bumps and the bruises and then to kind of get off the schneid in the fashion that we did against a really special team,'' Jack said.
The Nets erased 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 that finished a 3-12 January. They won at home for the first time since beating Sacramento on Dec. 29.
''We just lost it,'' Paul said. ''I mean, not trying to take any credit away from what they did and the shots they made, but we gave the game away.''
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 123-84 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.
''We knew we had to make it a fight because we didn't want them to think that that was us in L.A. So we made it a fight and we came out with the win,'' swingman Alan Anderson said.
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, New Jersey.
''We just didn't close the game out,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ''We let them step into three 3s where that just can't happen.''
Williams got a nice hand when he checked in during the first quarter, his first action since fracturing cartilage in his rib on Jan. 7. He scored 15 points.
''Happy to be out there but more happy to get a win,'' Williams said. ''We didn't get a win all of January at home, so this one felt really good.''
Clippers: Starting guard J.J. Redick played only 4 minutes because of back spasms.
Nets: Kevin Garnett finished with six points and 11 rebounds, moving past Nate Thurmond (14,464) for eighth place on the career rebounding list. In his 20th season, Garnett has 14,467.
(REALLY) FOUL SHOOTING
Jordan missed his first eight free throws - No. 7 was an airball - before finally knocking one down to complete a three-point play. His other make came when the Nets intentionally fouled him in the fourth quarter, and the Clippers responded by intentionally fouling Mason Plumlee, who missed both. The Nets center finished 3 for 10 at the line.
NBA players are wearing warmup shirts commemorating Black History Month. Jack had his own special version, with ''month'' crossed out and ''YEARS'' written below it. ''I thought it was a dope shirt. I thought the shirt made a dope statement, and that's just what I believe,'' Jack said. ''I just think things shouldn't just be highlighted in any sort of time frame. I think we should celebrate everything as much as we can.''
Clippers: Visit Cleveland on Thursday.
Nets: Visit Toronto on Wednesday.