The Brooklyn Nets behind point guard Deron Williams elevated past the Los Angeles Clippers 102-93, on a back to back night for the Clippers.
Williams was back as conductor for the third straight game and finished with 15 points, while Brook Lopez scored 16 points, and Joe Johnson scored 21 points in a balanced attack.
The Clippers jumped out to an impressive first quarter start with an 11-2 score, with solid defense, and excellent ball movement.
The Nets stormed back in the second quarter and dominated on both ends of the floor. With approximately four and half minutes left, the Nets extended their lead, and gained a 56-44 lead at halftime over the Clippers.
With the quarter under way the Nets continued to dominate behind Andray Blatche's six consecutive points that ended the quarter. Blake Griffin struggled throughout the game, and shot a dismal 25% from field. Griffin finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, but was heavily guarded by vet Kevin Garnett all night long.
Garnett finished with just two point but made his defensive presence felt when it counted.
The Nets managed a 21 point lead in the fourth quarter, and held on for the victory as the Clippers fell to 3-3 on the road trip.
Paul finished with 20 points and just two assist on the night in the loss. He spoke about how to regroup and prepare for the next opponent.
"We're going to D.C. Washington is a team that's been playing well. We've got to win it. It's early in the season but it's a must-win for us so that we can at least feel somewhat decent for this trip."
Another emotional trip for head coach Doc Rivers as he greeted his former players Pierce and Garnett pre game.
"I was shocked that Kevin came over before the game because he has a routine," Rivers said. "I turned to my assistant Tyronn Lue and said, 'Well, Kevin's going to struggle now. He just broke his routine.' But no, we talk all the time. It was nice. They were really happy about last night is basically what they both said."
"I grew under him," Pierce said. "I was a young player, played nine years with him [Rivers], just continued to mature and become an all-around player under him."
Newest Clipper Stephen Jackson scored his first bucket as member of the team in the third quarter.