Usually every time Slam-Dunk champion Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers suits up, he’s the most dominant power forward on the court.
While Griffin was a dunking machine once again tonight, New Jersey Nets’ power forward Kris Humphries stole the show in the Nets 102-98 overtime victory in front of a sellout crowd at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Humphries, who had a double-double through just two and a half quarters, finished with 19 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting and a career-high 20 rebounds.
The Nets have now won four straight games for the first time since the 2008-2009 season.
New Jersey actually looked terrible in the early going, shooting just 26 percent in the first quarter. The Clippers opened up a 20-point lead and looked to coasting to an easy victory.
However, Avery Johnson inserted Travis Outlaw in the second half, and he immediately gave the Nets an offensive boost. Possession by possession, the Nets were able to make up some ground and eventually take the lead.
After a scoreless first half filling in for Deron Williams, Jordan Farmar took his game to a new level down the stretch when the Nets needed it most. He hit three three-pointers in the fourth quarter in huge spots.
Farmar scored 13 of the final 16 Nets’ points in the fourth quarter.
Following back-and-forth lead changes late, Brook Lopez got the kind roll on a shot with 3.8 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Nets a one-point lead. Griffin was fouled attempting a monster dunk and only make 1-of-2 free throws, which sent the game to overtime.
Lopez and Farmar made big shots in overtime, allowing the Nets to cap off the comeback victory. Both these players scored 24 points on the night.
Griffin finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, marking the second straight game he failed to record a double-double. Chris Kaman had a double-double off the bench for Los Angeles, with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
The Nets will try to extend their winning streak to five as they take on the “Big Four” of the Boston Celtics Monday night in Newark. Williams will be back in action for New Jersey, though the Nets were 2-0 in his absence.
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Written by Jim Mancari
James (Jim) Mancari hails from Massapequa, NY. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA with degrees in History and Kinesiology. Jim currently is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism at Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY). He is a devout Mets fan and takes pride in his team, despite their lack of success over the last few years. Like all Mets' fans, Jim has plenty of hope. Jim also writes for the NJ Nets on this site. He can be contacted at email@example.com. He appreciates and respects additional opinions.