NETS WORLD! NETS WORLD! Party on, James! Party on, Kyrie!
James Harden and Kyrie Irving mixed for 65 factors and the Nets defeated the Clippers, 112-108, sweeping their West Coast highway journey whereas extending their profitable streak to 6 video games, and enhancing to 20-12 on the season. Brooklyn is now a half a sport behind the Sixers for first within the East.
It was the primary time in franchise historical past that the Nets swept a West Coast highway journey. In reality, it was the primary time a Nets staff had received greater than three video games out west.
“We have a typical mentality proper now to only exit and have enjoyable,” mentioned Kyrie Irving. “Go out and have enjoyable, compete, and be very bodily. Be talkative on the market towards different gamers or towards different teaching staffs.
“We simply have a veteran group, so we simply get to go on the market and maintain one another accountable a little bit bit in another way. We get to speak to one another with a goal… It’s actually enjoyable when you realize that getting stops, taking part in protection, and all people getting an opportunity to play and enhance themselves, it simply makes us higher.”
The sport featured 4 of the league’s most dynamic scorers in Harden, Irving, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard as the sport went right down to the ultimate minute. The Nets have been up many of the sport, however then, their character was examined.
With 28.6 remaining, Leonard linked on a pair of free throws to tie the sport at 108. On the next possession, Irving missed an ISO-three however DeAndre Jordan, who completed along with his third double-double on the season with 13 factors 11 rebounds and 4 blocks tipped the ball in to place the Nets up 110-108 with 11.8 seconds remaining.
The Clippers gave the ball to Leonard who drove down the lane and pushed off Harden to attract an offensive foul. Harden, who completed with 37 factors, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists in 41, calmly nailed two free throws to seal the win. Irving wasn’t far behind within the field rating, with 28 factors, eight assists, and 4 rebounds in 40 minutes of play.
Nash credit the Nets competitiveness for his staff’s profitable streak. The Nets head coach didn’t name Sunday’s win excellent however admired his gamers’ hustle and want to struggle and win.
“I believe the extent of competitiveness we confirmed constantly by means of the journey,” Nash mentioned on what he’s most pleased with within the Nets west coast highway journey sweep. “Going again to the Indiana sport, we’ve competed very properly. We scrapped but additionally our focus ranges have been excessive. I don’t assume tonight was excellent by any stretch with numerous breakdowns however our hustle and general want carried us in stretches. That is the way in which it’s bought to be typically.”
Bruce Brown performed a giant position for the Nets on each ends, ending with 13 factors to associate with eight rebounds, two assists, and a season-high 4 steals in 34 minutes.
Even with out Kevin Durant for the fourth straight sport, Nets completed the win capturing 47.8 % from the sphere and 28.9 % from deep whereas turning over the ball six occasions. For the Clippers, who fall to 22-10 on the season, George led the way in which with 34 factors in 33 minutes adopted by Kawhi Leonard with 29 factors in 39 minutes.
The two groups opened the sport simply hitting their pictures however there was some early chippiness. At the 8:54 mark. Harden dribbled the ball up the court docket and was met by Patrick Beverley, who held Harden along with his proper arm starting a small altercation. Despite the altercation, the officers didn’t give both Beverley or Harden, who’re additionally former teammates, technicals.
The altercation didn’t have an effect on Harden or Irving, who led the Nets offensive cost all through the primary. combining for 25 of Brooklyn’s 28 first-quarter factors – marking the third time this season a pair of Nets completed 1 / 4 of play scoring a dozen or extra factors. every Jeff Green scored the opposite three factors for Brooklyn because the Nets lead 30-28 after one.
Brooklyn carried their offensive firepower into the second and the Nets elevated their effort defensively, which was the difference-maker. The Nets held the Clippers to solely 51 first-half factors whereas forcing 9 turnovers. Brooklyn ended the primary half with a 58-51 lead, capturing 48.9 % general however a streaky 35.3 % from deep. Despite closing out the primary half on a robust notice, the Nets misplaced Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot for the rest of the sport after the Nets 6’7” wing suffered a proper hip contusion on the 10:31 mark of the second.
The sport bought even scarier within the third. The Nets protection remained sturdy whereas their offensive firepower adopted, which even included a double-pump Irving dunk in transition. Following the slam, Ty Lue and the Clippers known as a timeout and bounced again, pulling collectively a quiet offensive run however Brooklyn answered and managed the tempo.
Aside from the Nets stellar play on each ends, Brooklyn ended the interval with out a single turnover and solely three for the sport. The Nets entered the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead.
Brooklyn didn’t let go within the ultimate 12 minutes of play however the turnovers added up. The Nets turned over the ball 3 times in lower than three minutes because the Clippers, led by Paul George, rallied again and minimize the deficit to single-digits.
With just below three minutes remaining, Jeff Green took a tough hit off an unlawful Beverley display. Green laid on the court docket visibly in lots of ache, favoring his proper shoulder. After laying on the court docket for practically two minutes, Green was in a position to stroll to the locker room on his personal energy however he seemed like he was favoring his proper shoulder. In his post-game media availability, Steve Nash had no replace on both Green or TLC however shortly thereafter, the staff introduced that Green had suffered a proper shoulder contusion and might be additional evaluated Monday.

Nets say Jeff Green suffered a proper shoulder contusion throughout a display by Clippers guard Patrick Beverley. Green kicked a Gatorade cooler earlier than strolling to the locker room. He might be additional evaluated on Monday. pic.twitter.com/urzYOyRnuV— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) February 22, 2021

Despite the late comeback by the Clippers, the Nets held on to win and sweep the highway journey. Yes, It can get even scarier!
Billionaire homeowners at massive sport
On hand for the sport have been the 2 groups’ billionaire homeowners, Joe Tsai of the Nets ($13.9 billion) and Steve Ballmer of the Clippers ($86,8 billion). Ballmer, the previous Microsoft CEO, sat underneath the basket and did his finest “Mr. Whammy” impression making an attempt to distract Nets free throw shooters. Tsai was seen briefly on YES speaking to Sean Marks. He didn’t counter Ballmer on the different finish of the court docket.
He did tweet out his emotions in regards to the win…

Took care of enterprise within the Wild West 5-0— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) February 22, 2021

The Film Room
Steve Nash’s ATO design has been delightfully great this highway journey. By my depend, the Nets have been 2-for-2 on scoring and/or producing free throws from sideline after-timeout units. Much of Brooklyn’s out-of-bound work over the previous week has been designed to generate perimeter pictures. Here’s an instance from the Lakers sport.

The play begins with Timothe-Luwawu Cabarrot setting a back-screen (which faces away from the basket) for Landry Shamet. The protection, naturally, assumes that the play is ready as much as give Shamet an at-rim shot. But then, TLC redirects and curls round a DeAndre Jordan flare display for the open three.
Now take this ATO towards the Clippers. Same concept; one participant cuts to a selected of the ground off a display, but it surely’s misdirection because the set is REALLY designed for the participant screening.
Joe Harris cuts from the baseline towards the highest of the three-point line, proper previous what seems to be a DeAndre Jordan pindown. Seeing that Jordan is setting a display for Harris, the Clipper protection naturally assumes the play is designed for Joey Buckets three-ball, and Kawhi Leonard eases up for a second whereas surveying the motion. DeAndre Jordan, whose rolling talents have been fairly spectacular as of late, takes benefit of this by slipping his display to the basket. Two factors, Brooklyn.

In video games with playoff atmospheres like this, each possession issues.
Fast begin!
It looks like each quarter, there’s an information dump from the Nets PR workers noting how this season’s Nets staff or a Nets participant has matched or surpassed a file set within the Jason Kidd-era. James Harden for instance has now set a franchise file for consecutive video games with a double-double at 12.
But right here’s the one which counts…

From NetsPR The Nets enhance to 20-12 with the win, 1/2 sport again of first place within the East.Fastest to twenty wins in a season in franchise historical past:*29 video games – 2002-03*30 video games – 2001-0232 video games – 2020-21— NetsDaily (@NetsDaily) February 22, 2021

That asterisk? Teams that bought to the NBA Finals.
Harden, Jordan assist Houston
James Harden might have left Houston behind on January 13, however he nonetheless has a house there and performed 9 years for the Rockets. So when Houston —and the remainder of Texas— was hit by a 100-year winter storm that’s led to hundreds of thousands of individuals struggling with out electrical energy, with out water and even with out meals, Harden pitched in. He began with the donation of three,000 meals from his new restaurant, “Thirteen.”
More than that, he instructed reporters Sunday that even whereas the Nets have been on the highway, he’s been on the cellphone.
“I’m actually on cellphone calls actually on daily basis and all day making an attempt to influence town as a result of they’ve proven me a lot love and respect within the time I used to be there,” Harden mentioned post-game. “I name Houston house. It’s devastating clearly and it’s in all probability worse than the hurricane as a result of we don’t understand how many individuals have been affected in not having electrical energy, not having energy, not having the ability to eat, and be exterior or regardless of the case could also be.
“Obviously I’ve a restaurant in Houston that isn’t open but however we try to feed as many individuals as we are able to. Lots of water.”
Harden famous that he’s working with Body Armor, who helps with the water shipments. He’s additionally making an attempt to assist with getting plumbers mobilized. Many properties in Houston have had flooding after pipes froze and burst.
“We are getting lots of water shipped on this week for folks which I might be posting. As far as plumbing, I reached out and I’m involved with some plumbing corporations which have been taking good care of seven or eight homes a day, patching up these pipes as a result of as soon as the electrical energy got here again on, pipes began to burst.
“We’ve seen so many instances of that in Houston so I’ve been involved with Mayor Turner, the aid sport, and so many individuals which might be in a position to assist whereas I’m not there. This is a big downside however I attempt to influence and assist out as a lot as I can whereas I’m not there and I’ll proceed that. It received’t cease as a result of there’s so many individuals which have been affected. I can’t cease.”
Dream Shake, our SB Nation Rockets weblog, chronicled Harden’s efforts this weekend.
Jordan’s ties are even nearer. He’s a local of Houston and went to school at Texas A&M. He nonetheless has household within the space that was impacted and instructed reporers all of them are secure now. He’s additionally aided in humanitarian efforts for his hometown.
“Just for folks’s lives to be a little bit bit simpler anyway that James and I might help we’ve been doing issues behind the scenes as a lot as potential. Just getting assets to lots of the folks on the market whether or not we’re there or not, simply having the ability to assist a human being out throughout a time like that is one thing we each worth,” Jordan mentioned.
“I believe all people was affected no matter your scenario on the market in Texas as an entire. My household positively was very lucky on this time however like I mentioned they’d some occasions the place it was robust for a little bit bit however every little thing is getting higher there for the time being.”
What’s subsequent
The Nets are returning again to the Barclays Center because the staff hosts the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. The sport is ready to tip at 7:30 p.m. ET and might be televised on YES Network. Tuesday’s sport may even be the primary sport followers might be in attendance to look at the Nets “Big Three!” The crowd might be small, principally just a few hundred season ticket holders clustered in areas that may seem like suites.
Harden is worked up to have the ability to witness the Nets crowd, noting how a lot he appreciates the Brooklyn fan base.
“I can’t wait. I’m excited,” Harden mentioned with a smile. “One of the explanations I wished to be in Brooklyn is due to the followers and the fanbase. True, true followers.”
In the meantime, don’t be shocked if the Nets make a number of strikes within the subsequent few days, with 5 gamers on non-guaranteed contracts. Ten-day offers will be signed Tuesday. Teams should determine by Wednesday whether or not to maintain gamers on non-guaranteed offers. Also, developing is the March 7 deadline on maintaining two-way gamers. Players will be moved among the many classes, because the Nets did final with Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. He went from two-way signing to a ten-day contract earlier than being signed to a two-year normal NBA cope with assure dates.
And for those who actually have an actual basketball jones, you may tune into to ESPN2 Monday at 3 p.m. to look at the Long Island Nets play Team Ignite, the G League’s different for highschool gamers who don’t need to go to school.
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Box Score: Brooklyn Nets 112, Los Angeles Clippers 108 – NBA.com

Game Highlights: Brooklyn Nets 112, Los Angeles Clippers 108 (Video) – NBA.com

Highlights: DeAndre Jordan vs. Clippers I 13 PTS, 11 REB (Video) – NBA.com

Nets Post Game Plus: Nets take down Clippers, 112-108 (Video) – Bob Lorenz & Frank Isola – YES Network

DeAndre Jordan recaps Nets’ victory over Clippers (Video) – Michael Grady – YES Network

Sarah Kustok and Richard Jefferson on Nets’ win vs. Clippers (Video) – YES Network

Steve Nash praises staff’s toughness towards Clippers (Video) – YES Network

James Harden on staff’s mindset (Video) – YES Network

Kyrie Irving breaks down win towards Clippers (Video) – YES Network

Wear Brooklyn At? (Video) – YES Network

Nets maintain on to edge Clippers, win season-best sixth in a row – Beth Harris – AP

Nets topple Clippers to finish excellent West Coast journey – Larry Fleisher – Reuters

Nets drop Clippers to ship finest highway journey in franchise historical past – Brian Lewis – New York Post

Nets’ James Harden, DeAndre Jordan aiding storm-battered Houston – Brian Lewis – New York Post

James Harden has 37 to guide Nets over Clippers in conclusion to 5-0 West Coast journey – Greg Logan – Newsday

Nets’ Nic Claxton activated, may present depth at middle – Laura Albanese – Newsday

Nets beat Clippers to comb West Coast highway journey towards NBA’s finest groups with out Kevin Durant – Kristian Winfield – New York Daily News

Nic Claxton continues to be caught on the Nets’ bench for now – Kristian Winfield – New York Daily News

Jeff Green injured on exhausting foul by Patrick Beverley in Nets’ win over Clippers – Coby Green – SNY

GAME GRADES: Nets Hold On Against Clippers to Seal Undefeated Road Trip – Elizabeth Swinton – The Brooklyn Game

NETS 112, CLIPPERS 108: DEANDRE JORDAN’S TIP-IN LIFTS BROOKLYN – Tom Dowd – Brooklyn Nets

NETS VS. CLIPPERS: KYRIE IRVING, JAMES HARDEN, AND STEVE NASH TOP QUOTES – Tom Dowd – Brooklyn Nets

GALLERY: NETS VS. CLIPPERS – Brooklyn Nets

Clippers and Nets’ celebrity battle comes right down to protection, and shut name, on the finish – Andrew Greif – Los Angeles Times

Clippers minimize it shut, however misplaced to Nets – Marjam Swanson – Orange County Register