|Minnesota’s Kevin Love shows the form that has delivered 53 straight double-doubles. (Jim Mone/Associated Press)|
Once the Nets grounded Blake Griffin and the Clippers’ high-flying act, they pulled off their biggest comeback in two years.
Brook Lopez and Jordan Farmar each scored 24 points, combining for all 8 of New Jersey’s in overtime, and the Nets rallied to beat visiting Los Angeles, 102-98, last night for their fourth straight victory.
Kris Humphries had 19 points, a career-high 20 rebounds, and made all eight shots while playing Griffin to at least a draw as the Nets erased a 20-point deficit for their longest winning streak since also taking four in a row from Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2009.
Griffin and the Clippers had the Nets’ second home sellout of the season cheering their dunks and booing the home team while dominating the first half, before New Jersey toughened up, then toughed it out.
Chris Kaman had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Griffin added 23 points and nine boards, but he missed the potential go-ahead free throw with 1.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Randy Foye scored 19 points in his hometown, but the Clippers’ four-game winning streak was snapped.
Farmar again started in place of All-Star point guard Deron Williams, who missed his second straight game after his wife gave birth to their fourth child in Dallas this week.
Bulls 94, Hawks 76 — Derrick Rose came on strong after a slow start to finish with 34 points as Chicago ran away with its 12th win in 14 games, and Atlanta lost its fourth straight.
The Bulls prevailed on a night when Carlos Boozer sat out with a sprained left ankle thanks to a strong third quarter. Leading the way was Rose with 18 points in the period as the Bulls outscored Atlanta, 24-10, to turn a 2-point deficit into a 72-60 lead, as Chicago pulled within a half-game of Eastern Conference leader Boston.
Coach Tom Thibodeau started Kurt Thomas instead of Taj Gibson and the veteran grabbed 13 rebounds in his first appearance since Feb. 23.
Timberwolves 122, Jazz 101 — Kevin Love had 24 points and 12 rebounds, extending the longest double-double streak since 1973-74 to 53 games, as host Minnesota rolled over sputtering Utah.
Michael Beasley scored 23 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped an incredible 20-game losing streak to Northwest Division opponents.
Thunder 104, Pistons 94 — Kevin Durant scored 24 points, James Harden kept his late-season surge going with 22 points, and host Oklahoma City beat Detroit.
Raptors 108, Pacers 98 — Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 29 points and Ed Davis had 12 points and 13 rebounds as host Toronto handed Indiana its sixth straight loss.
Bobcats 97, Trail Blazers 92 — Stephen Jackson scored 18 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead 3-point play on a drive around Gerald Wallace in the final minute, as host Charlotte spoiled Wallace’s emotional return.
Spurs 108, Kings 103 — Tony Parker scored 27 points, Manu Ginobili had 24, and host San Antonio won its 11th in a row over Sacramento.