Thu. Mar 4th, 2021

DeAndre Jordan tipped home the go-ahead basket with 11 seconds left, to help the Brooklyn Nets edge his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers, 112-108.Jordan finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in one of the veteran center’s better performances this season.

The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard had a chance to tie the game the next possession, but was called for an offensive foul for push off James Harden while driving to the basket.

James Harden and Kyrie Irving combined for 65 points for the Nets, who improved to 20-12.

Brooklyn swept their five-game west coast swing for the first time in club history, despite playing four of those without the injured Kevin Durant.

Elsewhere, Toronto powered through to their fourth straight win by beating the East’s top team, Philadelphia 110-103, despite the 76ers playing in full strength.

Paskal Siakam and Fred VanVleet each scored 23 points for the Raptors, who have also beaten Milwaukee twice in their win streak.

Chris Boucher scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for Toronto, hitting three 3-pointers as the Raptors opened the period on a 15-8 surge to take the lead for good.

The Sixers had both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons healthy for the first time in four games, and they combined for 53 points in the loss.

In New Orleans, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson took what they hope will be meaningful steps in turning the Pelicans’ season around, combining decisively to produce pivotal plays during a memorable comeback.

Ingram highlighted a 33-point performance by hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 33.3 seconds left in overtime, and New Orleans held on for 120-115 victory over the Boston Celtics after rallying from 24 points down in the third quarter.

“Today was a day of encouragement,” Ingram said. “We just stayed together and everybody did things that they do well.”

Zion Williamson scored 24 of his 28 points after halftime and had 10 rebounds, four assists and a block for the Pelicans.

Jayson Tatum had 32 points for the Celtics, but Kemba Walker struggled again, missing 11 of his 12 attempts from deep for only 14 points. (AP)

By Bureau