Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers topped a depleted Brooklyn Nets squad, 110-103, at Staples Center.
JJ Redick added 26 points, and Chris Paul contributed 12 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds, nine points and five blocks for the Clippers, who won their fourth in a row.
Saturday night was supposed to mark a reunion for Nets starters Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, along with current Clippers coach Doc Rivers. Rivers was the Boston Celtics head coach from 2004-13, coaching Pierce for all nine seasons Rivers was with the franchise and Garnett for six seasons. The trio helped lead the Celtics to the 2008 NBA title.
Pierce and Garnett didn't play the finale of Brooklyn's three-game road trip, a night after an overtime win at Phoenix. Pierce is nursing a sore left groin. The Nets were also without starters Deron Williams and Brook Lopez due to sprained left ankles, but nearly pulled out a win. The downfall was 11 turnovers, leading to 25 Los Angeles points.
Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee each scored 19 for the Nets, who lost for the fourth time in five games.