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Last-place Nets continue to flounder


November 24. 2013 11:38PM
The Associated Press



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NEW YORK — Reserve Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 27 points and the Detroit Pistons sent the Brooklyn Nets to a fifth straight loss and sole possession of last place in the Atlantic Division with a 109-97 victory Sunday.


The Nets, with their enormous payroll and enormous expectations, fell to 3-10, a half-game behind the New York Knicks, and were hearing boos at Barclays Center in the second half.


Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who bounced back from consecutive losses to Atlanta. Brandon Jennings added 14 points and 10 assists, making all 10 free throws to make up for a 2-for-10 shooting performance.


Joe Johnson made eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 34 points, but the short-handed Nets couldn’t overcome another cold night from Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who were a combined 7 for 22.


Clippers 121, Bulls 82


LOS ANGELES — Jared Dudley scored a season-high 21 points, Chris Paul added 16 points and 17 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers jumped all over the Chicago Bulls in Derrick Rose’s absence.


J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Pacific Division-leading Clippers’ seventh win in nine games.


Los Angeles finished strong in a stretch of four games in five days, posting the biggest margin of victory over Chicago in franchise history.


Luol Deng scored 22 points as the Bulls got off to a rough start to their latest stretch without Rose, who tore cartilage in his right knee Friday night in Portland.


Suns 104, Magic 96


ORLANDO, Fla. — Goran Dragic scored 23 points and Gerald Green added 20 to lead the Phoenix Suns.


Dragic made 10 of 17 shots and also had 13 assists. Channing Frye finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.


Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 20 points. Andrew Nicholson had 19 off the bench and Aaron Afflalo added 12 for the Magic, who have lost four straight games, seven of eight overall.


Thunder 95, Jazz 73


OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 19 points and Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help Oklahoma City extend its best season-opening start at home with a win over struggling Utah.


The Thunder (9-3) played without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, who sat out to rest his surgically repaired right knee.


Even without Westbrook, Oklahoma City’s lead swelled to as many as 37 points in the third quarter. Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer at 29.5 points per game, didn’t play in the fourth quarter — finishing with nine rebounds and hitting 12 of 13 free throws.




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