The Nets trailed essentially from the opening tip on Sunday night. Despite an inspired comeback and career-night from Caris LeVert, they finished the night trailing as well.
LeVert scored a career-high 27 points and assisted on five baskets, but the Nets lost to the Clippers, 123-120, after a go-ahead three-pointer by Austin Rivers. The Nets have lost three straight since ending an eight-game losing streak to begin the week.
Brooklyn allowed a 10-0 run to begin the game. While they cut into that deficit throughout the next quarter, they trailed by double digits at halftime. However, the Nets' bench unit, led by LeVert and Joe Harris, helped the team gather its first lead early in the fourth quarter.
The team led 118-110 with just three minutes to go before the playoff-hopeful Clippers found their footing. Rivers put Los Angeles ahead, 121-120 with just 33.8 seconds to go and the Nets were unable to answer in their last two possessions. Rivers finished with 27 points to lead the Clippers.
Harris finished with 19 points while DeMarre Carroll scored 20 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 10 assists. The Nets finished the game with starting guard D'Angelo Russell on the bench. >> Read more
The Nets face the defending champion Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET.