Andray Blatche and Joe Johnson each scored 21 points in the Nets’ 102-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Brooklyn Thursday night, making Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett winners in their first matchup with Doc Rivers.
Brook Lopez had 16 points and Deron Williams 15 for the Nets, who won their season-high third straight. Pierce scored 10 points off the bench in his second game back from a broken hand.
Chris Paul scored 20 points but had just two assists as the Clippers lost for the first time in nine games this season when he reaches 20. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.