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Nets Unable to Get Road Win vs. Clippers

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Blake Griffin had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Jersey Nets 101-91 on Monday without injured point guard Chris Paul after blowing an 18-point lead.

Trailing by 13 after a three-point play by Reggie Evans with 10 minutes remaining, the Nets tied it at 81 with 6:46 to play. But the Clippers outscored them 20-10 the rest of the way, as Chauncey Billups scored nine of his 20 points in the final 4:23 — including a clinching 3-pointer with 1:09 left.

It was the third straight victory for the Clippers, who never trailed en route to their sixth win in seven games following a pair of ego-inflating wins against the Miami Heat and the Lakers.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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