Patty Mills and James Harden lead Brooklyn Nets to 16-point win over LA Clippers

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On a night of milestones for James Harden, the Brooklyn Nets continued their winning streak in the NBA with a resounding 124-108 win over the LA Clippers.

The short-changed Nets were without seven regulars, in particular the NBA’s leading scorer Kevin Durant, but it didn’t matter as Harden was backed by a stellar supporting cast that included Boomer Patty Mills.

Harden tied his season-high with 39 points and had a season-best 15 assists, as the Nets improved their NBA-best road mark to 13-3 with a sweep in Los Angeles.

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They beat LeBron James and the Lakers 122-115 at Christmas in their first game after three straight postponements due to the pandemic.

Harden was plenty on his own and well supported with four other Nets registering double figures, including Mills who had 18 points and made six three-pointers. Nic Claxton tied his career-high with 18 points.

Harden joined some exclusive company while engineering the win. His 10th assist was the 6,000th of his career, making him the 10th player in NBA history with 20,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 6,000 assists.

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Among others on the list are the late Kobe Bryant, James, Chris Paul, Oscar Robertson and current Clippers executive Jerry West.

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Harden just missed a triple-double with eight assists.

The Nets ran away in the second quarter.

That’s when they scored 33 points while holding the Clippers to 22.

DeAndre’ Bembry had six points, including a dunk that drew a technical foul for hanging on the rim, and Mills hit two three-pointers in helping the Nets lead 71-55 at the break, their largest half-time lead on the road this season.

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The Nets scored 30 points in the third, when they extended their lead to 22 points. They completely dominated the Clippers in the paint with a 74-38 edge.

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From the outset, the Clippers hit five three-pointers in rushing to an eight-point lead to open the game before Blake Griffin came off the bench to haunt his old team.

Griffin scored back-to-back on a dunk and lay-up that tied and then gave the Nets their first lead of the game as part of an 11-0 run.

Harden scored next on Griffin’s steal and later Harden assisted on Griffin’s one-handed jam that recalled his old Lob City days with the Clippers.

Griffin finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

In Arizona, Ja Morant scored 33 points, including a lay-up with 0.5 seconds to play that gave the Memphis Grizzlies a 114-113 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

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Morant’s basket came after Devin Booker’s three-pointer — with five seconds to play — gave the Suns their first lead since early in the game.

After a timeout, Morant drove the left side of the lane and banked it in.

Terry Rozier scored 27 points as the Charlotte Hornets blasted the Houston Rockets 123-99, with back-court mate LaMelo Ball bagging four three-pointers on a night when he scored 16 points and dished out seven assists.

Jaylen Nowell scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 108-103 win over the Boston Celtics while Chicago won their fourth-straight game, beating Atlanta 130-118.

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Dallas beat Portland 132-117 while the visiting Utah defeated San Antonio 110-104 for their fourth-straight victory.

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