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Reserve Lou Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the host Los Angeles Clippers pulled out a dramatic 119-116 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.
The Clippers held a 10-point lead with 62 seconds left but gave it all back, as Jarrett Allen’s dunk forged a 116-116 tie with five seconds remaining.
After Los Angeles called its last timeout, Patrick Beverley inbounded the ball along the left sideline to Danilo Gallinari. Gallinari quickly connected with Williams, who took three dribbles, moved from right to left to the top of the key, and released the off-balance 28-footer over Spencer Dinwiddie just before the horn sounded.
Williams, whose game winner was the first of his career, scored 11 of his 25 points in a fourth quarter that featured wild runs by both teams.
The Clippers held a 105-91 lead with 7:07 left after a dunk by Montrezl Harrell capped a 12-0 run, but the Nets scored the next 10 to get within 105-101 on a dunk by Allen.
Los Angeles appeared to clinch the game when Williams found rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for a wide-open corner 3-pointer with 1:02 left to make it 116-106, but the Nets scored the next 10, setting the stage for Williams’ game-winner.
The Clippers (41-30) won for the seventh time in eight games and moved into a virtual tie with Utah for seventh in the West and a half-game behind sixth-place San Antonio.
Gallinari and Harrell added 20 points apiece as Los Angeles shot 43.3 percent, overcame a 19-point deficit in the second quarter and recorded its eighth straight home win over the Nets.
D’Angelo Russell scored 32 points, but the Nets dropped to 0-3 on a season-high seven-game road trip that continues Tuesday in Sacramento. The Nets (36-36) also fell 1 1/2 games behind sixth-place Detroit in the Eastern Conference and lead eighth-place Miami by just 1 1/2 games.
DeMarre Carroll added 22 for the Nets, who also blew a 15-point lead to the Clippers in a home loss four months ago. Dinwiddie finished with 13 points but missed his first 10 shots and finished 2 of 16.
The Nets stormed to a 46-27 lead on a hoop by Carroll with 8:07 left in the second, but Los Angeles closed the half with a 33-9 run to take a 60-55 lead by halftime as the Nets missed 13 of their next 17 shots.
Los Angeles opened its first double-digit lead with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter, when Landry Shamet hit a 3-pointer to make it 74-63. The Nets countered with a 17-3 run and took an 80-77 lead on a basket by Russell with 3:58 remaining.
—Field Level Media