Nets stun Clippers in double overtime, snap losing streak

It looked like another loss for the Nets Tuesday night at the Barclays Center, but then all hell broke loose.

All it took was an incredible fourth quarter rally, two overtimes and a coaching ejection for the Nets to finally snap their seven-game losing streak, edging the Clippers with an unlikely 127-122 double overtime win. 

Sean Kilpatrick scored 31 of his game-high 38 points after the third quarter, including 20 in the fourth quarter to erase a 13-point deficit, and Isaiah Whitehead hit the go-head layup in double overtime to propel Brooklyn to its first win since Nov. 12, when they defeated the Phoenix Suns, 122-104.

“I thought we showed a lot of character, a lot of resiliency,” head coach Kenny Atkinson said after the game. “We really grinded it out and I’m proud of how my guys played.”

Doc Rivers gets ejected after screaming at official

Brook Lopez chipped in with 27 points, including 4 of 9 beyond the arc.

Brook Lopez chipped in with 27 points, including 4 of 9 beyond the arc.

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The most shocking part of the game, however, came with 18.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime when Clippers head coach Doc Rivers picked up a technical foul. Rivers was livid and had to be restrained by his coaching staff as he picked up another technical and ejection. 

But the Nets missed three of the four free throws, which allowed Jamal Crawford to hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to tie the game at 118. 

Kilpatrick had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but missed the jumper. 

Isaiah Whitehead hit the go-ahead layup to put the Nets up 124-122 with 47 seconds left in the second overtime.

Isaiah Whitehead hit the go-ahead layup to put the Nets up 124-122 with 47 seconds left in the second overtime.

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Kilpatrick finished the game with a double-double, also recording 14 rebounds, but the Nets guard was just 3 of 14 from the field after three quarters when Atkinson inspired him to turn his play around. 

“I had my hands on my knees and he looked at me and was like, ‘You’ve got a whole game left, get up,’” Kilpatrick said. “I think that’s something that is a huge confidence booster.”

Chris Paul led the Clippers with a double-double, scoring 26 points and dishing 13 assists. 

The Nets appeared to have the game in regulation when Brook Lopez drained a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:11 remaining in the fourth quarter, but with 1.8 seconds left Chris Paul responded with a three-pointer from the right baseline to tie the game up at 107 and send the game to overtime.

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