Brook Lopez scored 26 points, including consecutive baskets during the game's decisive stretch, and the Brooklyn Nets shut down the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for an 86-76 victory Friday night.
Brooklyn outscored Los Angeles 23-13 during a final period in which Chris Paul had no points, two assists and six fouls. Deron Williams didn't have a great game either, but he improved to 14-4 in the longtime rivalry between two of the NBA's top point guards.
Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets (7-4), who limited the Clippers to 29 points in the second half and got back on track after losing the final two games of a six-game road trip.
Blake Griffin and Paul each had 14 points for the Clippers (8-4), who have dropped two in a row following a six-game winning streak. DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford finished with 13 points.
Williams had 11 points and eight assists, continuing a shooting slump by going 3 of 10. But the Nets didn't need mu...