As is NBA law, the Brooklyn Nets played in another tight game that was decided at the buzzer on Sunday night, this time a 119-116 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.
For much of the fourth quarter, a Clippers win seemed all but assured, but a furious late Nets rally, including a 10-0 run to tie it, put the result in doubt. D’Angelo Russell found Jarrett Allen for a wide open dunk with just under six seconds to go to tie it, leaving the Clippers to call timeout and draw up what they hoped would be the game-winning play.
Unsurprisingly, they called upon their star sixth man in Lou Williams, and let him do what he does best: get buckets. Williams took the ball on a pass from Danilo Gallinari and curled around a screen set by Gallo before rising for a contest three from well behind the line.
Williams’ heroics move the Clippers to 41-30 on the season, to help maintain their hold on the eighth seed, six games up on the Kings who also won on Sunday. The Nets, meanwhile, slip to 36-36, 1.5 games ahead of Miami for the seventh spot in the East and just 2.5 games above Orlando who beat Atlanta on Sunday.