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[sny-box]Joe Johnson led the way with 21 points (8-for-13 shooting, 4-of-7 from three).
In his second game since returning, Deron Williams scored 15 points, five assists, and four rebounds in 27 minutes.
Brook Lopez scored 17 points (6-for-13 from the field) and grabbed seven rebounds, but left the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained left ankle.
The Nets outscored the Clippers 36-19 in the second quarter: their largest advantage in any quarter this season.[/sny-box]
Man, this offense is completely different with Deron Williams. D-Will had another impressive outing tonight. His crossover dribble was on point, as he made Chris Paul look absolutely silly on more than one occasion. Not to mention he held Paul to just two assists tonight: his lowest of the season. If Williams keeps up this level of play, the sky is the limit.
Paul Pierce as a bench player was a big topic of conversation on the telecast, and if the first two games of this experiment are any indication, it just may work. Pierce scored 10 points in his 26 minutes of work (four of them came from the line), as he drew a ton of defensive attention and gave space to other second unit scorers, such as Andray Blatche (21 points). As Pierce gets healthier, it'll be interesting to see if he still buys into the bench role, but so far, so good.
The Nets defense stepped up. The Clippers aren't the best three point shooting team, thankfully, since Brooklyn has been awful defending against the three, but the Nets held L.A. to 36% from the field and 24% from downtown. Impressive numbers.
Let's all keep our fingers crossed that Lopez's ankle sprain isn't serious. An injury, just as this team is getting healthy, is the last thing the Nets would need, especially with Lopez's history of lower body troubles. Stay tuned.
The Nets will be back in action tomorrow when the visit the Detroit Pistons. Tip is set for 7:30 PM.