Nets shut down Clippers in fourth, win 86-76

Nets shut down Clippers in fourth, win 86-76
November 23, 2012, 10:06 pm
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Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson (7) shoots between Los Angeles Clippers' Jamal Crawford (11) and Ryan Hollins (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez had 26 points, including consecutive baskets during the game's decisive stretch, and the Brooklyn Nets shut down the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for an 86-76 victory Friday night.

Brooklyn outscored Los Angeles 23-13 during a final period in which Chris Paul had no points, two assists and six fouls. Deron Williams didn't have a great game either, but he improved to 14-4 in the longtime rivalry between two of the NBA's top point guards.

Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets, who limited the Clippers to 29 points in the second half and got back on track after losing the final two games of a six-game road trip.

Blake Griffin and Paul each had 14 points for the Clippers, who have dropped two in a row following a six-game winning streak. DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford finished with 13 points.