NBA: Clippers claim first win in Brooklyn

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul(center) dribbles around a screen set by teammate Blake Griffin (center behind) against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of their NBA game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA, Dec 12, 2015.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul(center) dribbles around a screen set by teammate Blake Griffin (center behind) against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of their NBA game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA, Dec 12, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The Los Angeles Clippers made National Basketball Association history on Saturday with a 105-100 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, their first at Barclays Center.

Clippers guard Chris Paul (15 points, 14 assists) and forward Blake Griffin (21 points, nine rebounds) were huge contributors late in the game to extend the Clippers' lead each time the Nets made a push.

Griffin's elbow jumper with 49 seconds put the Clippers in front 101-95.

The Clippers (14-10), whose only other road win against the Nets came in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Dec 11, 2007, went inside early, with centre DeAndre Jordan and Griffin wowing the crowd with thunderous dunks and alley-oops.

After making just two of 11 shots from the field in an 83-80 loss on Thursday in Chicago, J.J. Redick bounced back to scorch the Nets for 21 points, including four of six from three-point range.

Paul Pierce torched his former team with eight of his 10 points off the bench in the first half, including back-to-back three-pointers to give Los Angeles a 42-26 lead, their largest of the first half.

The lead ballooned to 18 on a 22-foot jumper by Josh Smith with 10min 7sec left, but the Nets (7-16) roared back.

Thaddeus Young had 18 points, Jarrett Jack had 16, 11 assists and five rebounds, while Bojan Bogdanovic and Joe Johnson scored 15 points apiece for the Nets, who won six of their last seven games at home.

Brook Lopez added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who won six of their last seven games at home.

The Clippers head to Detroit with a 3-1 record on their five-game road trip.