Randy Foye scored 24 points(a season high), in his hometown, helping the Clippers battle back from a 4th quarter deficit. Jordan Farmar was the hero, however, hitting a three with only .3 seconds remaining, giving the Clippers no time to respond. Del Negro was happy with the fight the Clippers showed.
“We fought back. We gave our self an opportunity. We weren’t able to execute on a couple plays. But if you put yourself in those situations, which we have been a lot, sometimes they are going to work out, and sometimes they are not. It’s part of the game. So, tough loss for us. We got to bounce back now in San Antonio.”
Despite great games form Blake Griffin (17 rebounds) and Chris Paul in addition to Foye, the Clippers did not get the contribution from their other starters or their bench to deserve the victory. Caron Butler had another lackluster game shooting 1 of 6 from the field, and DeAndre Jordan needs to get more than 2 points for the Clippers to control the paint the way they should.
The Nets on the other hand got double digit scoring from 6 different parties including double-doubles from Shelden Williams and Kris Humphries.
Deron Williams continued to play point guard at an elite level with 21 points and 11 assists. The Nets in general passed the ball much better in this game, leading the assist category 24 to 17.
Deron Williams was certainly pleased with Jordan Farmar’s last attempt, “Huge shot. They were pretty much trying to take the ball out of my hands in the second half, double me and denying me the ball,” Williams said. “Jordan just hit a huge shot, from deep. He had ice water in his veins tonight.”